Or GRACE ABOUNDING!
Dr. Miles Seaborn
2 Corinthians 8:1
INTRO. The church at Corinth was a group of believers
that abounded in talent! Talent greater than any
recorded church in the New Testament. It was rich,
talented, with unlimited possibilities, yet Paul wrote
them at least two letters during his busy ministry.
Teamwork was lacking - it was a church of Prima
It was a stingy church! Paul had invited them to
participate in a collection for the persecuted
Christian in Palestine. 1 Cor. 16:1 - They apparently
agreed (2 Cor. 8:10), but while others had gone
forward and done their part, the Corinthian church,
one year later, had done nothing. 2 Cor. 8:11!
Who was to blame? For you see, stewardship is more
than a method, it is a basic attitude of heart and
life! This church "abounded" or "led" in so many
areas. Faith - knowledge, etc. But we cannot bargain
God or pay Him in installments. What God wants before
and beyond, all there is - YOU - yes you, dedicated to
God! You first is what God wants!
I. NOW WHY WAS STEWARDSHIP LAGGING IN THIS CHURCH
No record of this church ever sending its messenger
along with the other to take the offering to
1. There was open shameless sin in that church.
Corinth, a city of low morals. Aphrodite,
Goddess of love worshipped there! Carried over
into the church.
1 Corinthians 5:1 - and they were not alarmed
(5:2). They repented later. 2 Cor. 7:8-10 but
the damage had been done! Sin does something to
the spirit of the church! Even those who frown
on it are affected by it.
2. There was bitter strife in the church.
1) Going to court against fellow
Christians. 1 Cor. 6:1-8
2) Divided loyalty to the various
Paul - Peter Apollos.
When God's people are basically right
with God and one another, it will be
reflected in the financial con ...
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