C.A.C Sunday School Manual For July 7, 2024 Lesson 25: Topic – GIFTS OF GIVING AND HOSPITALITY

C.A.C Sunday School Manual For July 7, 2024 Lesson 25: Topic – GIFTS OF GIVING AND HOSPITALITY
LESSON Twenty-Five
7th July, 2024
But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? (1 John 3:17)
3:17, 18 These verses give an example of how to give up our life for others to help those in need. This is strikingly similar to James’s teaching (James 2:14-17). How clearly do your actions say you really love others? Are you as generous as you should be with your money, possessions, and time? If the love of God abides in you, you must be ready and able to help those who are in need.
We see the gifts of giving and hospitality exceptionally demonstrated in Abraham. He entertained just 3 visitors with a cattle! He didn’t miss the reward. Lot learnt from him.
God is love, and He calls us to emulate this igniting character of love by being kind to others. The caring, giving and sharing attitudes shown to others, is a reflection of f our love for God and obedience to His instruction. If we have the ability to share our possessions, such as money, house, food, or clothes with others, but we refused to do so, we lack God’s kind of love and we do not love God either, Our love for God needs to be displayed in our relationship with others, as we care for their wellbeing. This is what the gifts of giving and hospitality harp on so much.
1. The knowledge of God’s generosity should help us acknowledge and appreciate what He gives, even as we share with others.
2. Don’t withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in the power of your hand to do so. Assist the needy and strangers as long as you have the ability to do so. In doing this, you will no longer fail God.
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE*: Proverbs 3: 27-32
AIM of this lesson*: To show that love for God can only reflect in the way we share our possessions with others, not by mere verbal expressions.
Today, being the annual sacrificial Sunday in our great Mission, the Sunday school lesson is pivoted on the fact that Giving and Hospitality are spiritual gifts. God has prepared some people to serve as reservoirs. They are called to receive and release to others. They are to take God’s resources to the right destinations. God is the Giver. He is the Source of all gifts. No bragging!
I. THE GIFT OF GIVING (1 Kgs. 8:62ff; 2 Cor. 8:1ff; Eph. 4:28)
And sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all as anyone has need (Acts 2:45).
There is no where in the Bible that stated that the early apostles asked the early church to sell what they have and bring the money. Those who sold what they have, did it willingly through the conviction they have in Christ. We don’t need to force anyone to do anything if truly our message in centered on Christ without hidden agenda.
The message of God carries enough weight and power to help people to do the right thing at the right time. Gimmicks is just a waste of time those who were deceived will soon know the truth.
a) Giving is the act of contributing one’s ‘hard-earned’ resources, *willingly and cheerfully to God’s work and for the betterment/ comfort of others.* It is a gift that believers possess.
You can’t love God and still waiting until you’re forced to do the right thing in the house of God or not willing to help those within your capacity. The gift of giving is not selective, you must be willing to help/assist all without being partial.
b) Eph. 4:28: God commands us all to labour and earn so that we can have, to give to others. Giving is imperative!
I want us to carefully look at the statement of God – Deuteronomy 15:11 – *There will always be poor people in the land.* Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.
Poverty can never be totally eradicated! If fuel is been sold at 5 naira per litre and the cost of food is 95% free in the country there will still be poor people in the land. God knew it will happen and that is why a cammand to help is given to those who are in the position to help them. Don’t blame anyone just play your godly role. This is a command.
c) 2 Cor. 8:7: Giving is a gift (‘grace’) from God in a special way. It is the Spirit-enabled grace to choose to live with less in order to give more, without seeking recognition or payback.
If you give to the poor and contribute your best to the development of the work of God and if you decided not to give, one thing is 100% sure, you will leave all one day. A time is coming that you will not have authority over what you have again.
Psalm 39:6 NLT
We are merely moving shadows,and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. *We heap up wealth,not knowing who will spend it.*
No Mable, very expensive burialground or the most expensive burial arrangement can take anyone to the kingdom of heaven! What you do when you’re still alive with your life and what you have will determine your destination after death. The word of God is enough to guide us. Be spiritually wise.
d) vv. 1-5: The experience of these Macedonians shows that gifted givers are not always wealthy. They freely and willingly give according to their ability …and beyond their ability (vv. 2,3). Does that describe you? Stop saying you don’t have the gift. Covet, pray for and practise it. It is for your own good.
e) 1 Kgs. 8:62ff: Solomon’s offerings here are significant and challenging demonstration of the gift of giving. All possessions belong to God and the assembly of the believers. They are not meant for our personal/selfish interests.
Solomon offered 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep and goats and many other offerings just to dedicate the temple of God. Nothing should be too much to give to God no matter what. I know if some of us are there we will kicked against it.
Solomon would have learn this from his father King David
1 Chronicles 29:14 NIV
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.
Do you know background and where we lived matters in our lives. If you’re holding back what you have (stingy) check your background and if you are a great giver please check your background.
The orientation you have will determine how you view and live your life. If the Word of God cannot help you no man can help you out.
f) Real love for God means prioritising others over ourselves (Prov, 28:27a). When giving, we must examine our motives. True giving is selfless, sacrificial, and without expectations of repayment, or hidden agendas.
If you have capacity to raised people or someone from abject poverty and you decided to circulate your wealth within your close associates so that they can also do same when you need them, you’re one of the enemy of God. God raised and bless you so that you can bless and others.
Don’t be selfish. Give and help the poor that will appreciate you for the rest of their lives. Stop fetching water into the sea. Uncountable dry land need you more.
*II. THE GIFT OF HOSPITALITY (Gen. 18:1-8; Heb. 13:2)*
Be hospitable to one another without grumbling (1 Pet. 4:9).’
Please take note of this:
Christian hospitality differs from social entertaining. Entertaining focuses on the host: The home must be spotless; the food must be well prepared and abundant; the host must appear relaxed and good-natured. Hospitality, by contrast, focuses on the guests’ needs, such as a place to stay, nourish- ing food, a listening ear, or just acceptance. Hospitality can happen in a messy home. It can happen around a dinner table where the main dish is canned soup. It can even happen while the host and the guest are doing chores together. Don’t hesitate to offer hospitality just because you are too tired, too busy, or not wealthy enough to entertain.
Your hospitality will create a memories that will never be forget. How you host your pastor and colleagues is very important.
Some of believers do not even know the importance of hosting his pastor or spiritual father! Learn from those who did it in the scripture. They are a great blessing to all generations even till today.
a) Hospitality’ in Greek is philoxenos, meaning ‘love of strangers’. It is the act of making people feel welcomed, and providing for their feeding and lodging needs.
b) Your real love for others must produce remarkable action (1 Jn. 3:11ff). Kindness and care for visitors will run deep enough to show your hospitality.
Don’t deny any one from visiting. They are a test to unlock your hidden blessings. Don’t capitalize on the current situation of the country. God still test and God still blessed those who pass His test.
c) Gen. 18:1-8: Those whom God endows with this gift are used to restore hope to the hopeless, provide accommodation to the homeless, food for the hungry souls, give a warm welcome to strangers, and make others feel cared for (19:1-3).
18:2-5 Abraham was eager to show hospitality to these three visitors, as was Lot (19:2). In Abraham’s day, a person’s reputation was largely connected to his hospitality-the sharing of home and food. Even strangers were to be treated as highly honored guests. Meeting another’s need for food or shelter was and still is one of the most immediate and practical ways to obey God. It is also a time-honored relationship builder. Hebrews 13:2 suggests that we, like Abraham, might actually entertain angels. This thought should be on our minds the next time we have the opportunity to meet a stranger’s needs.
Whatever you want to do, just consider it another opportunity to tap from God’s resources. Don’t say tell him I’m not around.
d) Heb. 13:2: It is a command from the LORD, and very rewarding (cf. Gen. 18:1ff; 19:1-3). An opportunity to host a man of God, preceded the breakthrough of the Shunammite woman (2 Kgs. 4:8ff). Be sensitive!
e) Stop giving excuses concerning your condition, or inability; God knows, but He wants to bring you out of poverty through being hospitable with the little you have. The widow of Zarephath is a challenge to us (2 Kgs. 17:8-16).
f) Christian hospitality centres on welcoming strangers into our homes, hearts and lives, being open to serving them (Luke 3:11). How do you decide who can stay in your home, sit in the best chair in your living room, or dine at your table? Be mindful of your choices!
Whenever a visitor pay a visit, treat them like king/queen. Let them want to come again. Let them thank God for coming to your place and never mind if they appreciate it. Don’t see anyone as ingrate. See it as best opportunity to renew your commitment to the love of God.
1. We are blessed to be blessings to others. Don’t reserve God’s blessings to yourself; you are only a channel to reach others.
2. Hospitality is the will and commandment of God. Be hospitable to everyone, everywhere.
1. Giving is a gift. Does it mean giving is limited to certain classes of people, or all believers? people, or believers?
2. Explain what you understand by hospitality, according to this lesson.
Thank you for joining us today. May God grant us a retentive memories to do the right thing at the right time in Jesus name. Amen
Please make your contribution and you can also ask questions.

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