Start Talking – Find conversation starters for the group or with a friend
- Pastor Robert opened his message with the statement that, “If God is first in your life, everything can come into alignment.” What examples from your own life illustrate this truth?
- God cannot act outside of His character. Just as God cannot lie & cannot change, He also cannot be second – God is preeminent, or first, in all things. What would it look like for God to be first in all areas of your life – your time, your talents, your relationships, your finances, etc.?
Keep Reading – Read the scripture and ask a question to get the group thinking
Read these scriptures out loud:
- This passage teaches us that the firstborn is to be consecrated (set apart) to God. Have you ever thought about this principle of first in regard to God? Can you think of other examples from the Bible or your own life when the first/best was given to God, and He redeemed the remainder?
“Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the first fruits of your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.”
- One aspect of this passage is that trusting God by giving Him the first & best portion of all that we have results in further increase in our own lives. Do you find this hard to believe? Why/why not?
Keep Talking – Choose questions to create openness
- The firstborn must be sacrificed or redeemed.
- Jesus is the ultimate “firstborn” who became a sacrifice to redeem everyone who puts their faith in Him.
- How does this understanding of God sacrificing Jesus, “the firstborn among many brethren” [Rom. 8:29], in order to redeem you impact how you view the sacrifices God desires of you?
- The first fruits must be offered.
- Offering our first fruits is an acknowledgement that everything we have comes from God, and it is also an act of faith that God will provide for us.
- Can you see examples of God’s provision in your own life when you obeyed Him in offering Him your first fruits?
- The tithe must be first.
- The tithe is an issue of the heart, not of legalism.
- Jesus said, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:21). Where is your heart? Is God asking you to make any changes concerning trusting Him?
Keep Moving/Going – Commit to a step and live it out this week
- In what area of your life do you need to surrender to God and give Him first place?
- Pick one of this week’s key Scripture and make it a reminder in your phone. Spend a few minutes repeating it and thinking about it each day.
- S.O.A.P out the Scripture this week.
- Prayer requests from everyone at group