Discussion Questions

  1. What stories did you hear growing up about the travels of your ancestors (e.g., to this country or across this country)? Why is it of value to realize we are all immigrants, wanderers?
  2. What is the value of repeating the story of God’s work in our church community?  What aspects of this story stand out to you? (see vs. 5-10)
  3. How might we discern when our own motives need correcting when it comes to the practice of praise, celebration, and giving?  How has God helped correct your motives?
  4. What does it mean to you to realize that rather than a focus on first fruits as giving a percentage of a harvest, that the New Testament writers focus on Christ as “first fruit from the dead” (1 Cor. 15:20) and us as the “first fruits of the Spirit” (Rom 8:23). What are the implications for our praise, our celebration, our giving?