First and Best
Week 5 | November 19, 2023
GROUP QUESTIONS: Extravagant Gifts
- What is the most extravagant gift that you have ever given? Received?
- Read John 12:1-8, and discuss what is important to note from the story.
- What makes a gift extravagant? Why is the heart so important in giving?
- What is the difference between First and Best Giving and Extravagant Giving?
- What are some extravagant gifts beyond money that people could give to God?
- Explain self-righteous deflection that Judas used and how you see it today.
- How have you seen God reward his children for giving faithfully?
- What has God changed in you during this First and Best discipleship series?
- How can this group continue to talk about money and giving regularly even after this series?
- End in prayer and encouragement.
First and Best Commitment: I will be…
- Intentional with WHEN I give.
- Faithful with HOW MUCH I give.
- Attentive to my HEART as I give.
- A gift is only extravagant when it comes from a heart that’s fully surrendered.
- Extravagance brings out selfishness in others.
- God’s extravagant gift ignites extravagant giving in his children.
- God rewards extravagant giving.
12 It was six days before the special religious gathering to remember how the Jews left Egypt. Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus lived. Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead. 2 They made supper for Him. Martha put the food on the table. Lazarus was at the table with Him.
3 Mary took a jar of special perfume that cost much money and poured it on the feet of Jesus. She dried His feet with her hair. The house was filled with the smell of the special perfume.
4 Judas Iscariot was one of the followers. He was about to hand Jesus over to the leaders of the country. He said, 5 “Why was not this special perfume sold for much money and given to poor people?” 6 He did not say this because he cared for poor people. He said this because he was a robber. He carried the bag of money and would steal some of it for himself. 7 Jesus said, “Let her alone. She has kept it for the time when I will be buried. 8 You will always have poor people with you. You will not always have Me.”