Dr. Oscar T. Moses
MHMBC W.A.R. Bible Study
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Stewardship – Lesson #2 – Giving God Your Best
A biblical story of “stewardship” is found in Mark 14:1-11. In this passage we discover the story of a woman who poured out her life savings over Jesus as he reclined as a guest in Simon’s house. It was a precious ointment in an alabaster box. It was an expensive offering that she gave to the Lord. Spikenard was imported from India, and a whole jar would have cost the equivalent of a common worker’s annual income. She was not ashamed to show her love for Christ openly.
The woman gave Jesus everything she possessed. Her life savings were poured over Jesus. The guest became indignant at this act of kindness and exclaimed, “What a terrible waste! She could have given a few drops of her ointment as a show of her admiration, but she poured the whole bottle over him.” This outpouring was an act of sacrificial giving. For many this can be difficult to understand particularly in a difficult economy or a time when economic resources are sparse. This story is an inspiration that challenges the Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church towards a life style of Stewardship and giving God our best whether it be time, talent or treasures.
- When and where did the events of this story take place?
- Why did the Jewish leaders not want to arrest Jesus during the Feast of Unleavened Bread?
- What amazing thing did a woman do while Jesus was visiting Bethany?
- What reaction did the woman’s actions get? Why?
- What caused some people who were with Jesus to become indignant?
- What does this incident tell us about some people’s understanding of who Jesus was and why He had come?
- Whom did Jesus rebuke? Why?
- How did Jesus evaluate the behavior of the woman who poured out the perfume?
- What did Jesus predict?
- What did Judas do?
- How did the chief priests react to Judas’s visit? Why?
- We should give God our best.
- Giving is an act of worship.
- No matter what others say about your worship the most important thing is that you please the Lord.
- Criticism from others should not detour your appreciation towards God.
- Why do you think the woman sacrificed so much perfume?
- How would you have reacted if you had witnessed the woman pouring out a full year’s wages’ worth of perfume on someone’s head?
- In what way can a person betray Jesus?
- What can we learn about stewardship and values from the woman in this story?
- How does Jesus want us to treat the poor?
- What distracts members of MHMBC from being fully devoted to Christ?
- How can we engage the entire membership to live a life of faithful Stewardship?
- What is one way you can show your devotion to Christ above all other things, people, or ambitions in your life? When?
- What is one step you could take this week toward helping the poor in a practical way?
Because of Him!
Dr. Oscar T. Moses
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