CHALLENGED BY AN EXAMPLE
II Cor. 8:l-6
October 6, 1991
INTRODUCTION: In II Cor. 8 & 9, the Bible deals with the
collection for the poverty-stricken believers in the church at
Jerusalem. It is here that we find the most detailed and
significant teaching in the Word of God about what Paul calls
the grace of giving.
I have found over the years that Christian characteristics and
graces are more caught than taught. Certainly that is the case
II Cor., Chapter 8.
The Church at Macedonia, during a time of severe poverty, had
begged to be included in the offering, which, in turn, both
challenged and inspired the Church at Corinth.
With this in mind, the question comes: Am I depositing my life
or is my life an expenditure? If I will deposit my life, God
will return it with eternal dividends.
Generous giving to the Lord's work is an evidence that God has
been working in people's hearts. Churches don't have money
problems, they have spiritual problems.
I. THE PROPER COMMENDATION. v.1-2
A. THE GRACE OF GOD. 1
A disposition created by the Spirit
of God. Grace referred to here is
giving. Tithing is not God's way of
raising money, it is God's way
of raising children.
How was grace manifested? Giving
ILLUSTRATION: 16 of 38 parables
deal with possessions.
B. THE GREATNESS OF GOD. 2
Great affliction and deep poverty
plus grace = abundant joy ...
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