EXCITING OTHERS TO BE ENTHUSIASTIC
II Cor. 9:1-5
December 9, 1992
INTRODUCTION: In Hebrews 10:24, we find a parallel word of
exhortation. Heb. 10:24, "And let us consider one another to
provoke unto love and to good works." The testimony of the
Corinthian Church as it pertained to giving was going out
everywhere. It seems strange that we Christians need so much
encouragement to serve and give. God had enriched the
Corithians in a wonderful way, and yet they were hesitant to
share what they had with others; sounds all too familiar.
In the life of the Corinthians, the original zeal they had known
a year prior had diminished and needed to be revived and
implemented. Here is a story of one church encouraging another.
The context: Paul had used the zeal of the Corinthians to
challenge the Macedonians; but now he was using the Macedonians
to challenge the Corinthians. A year before, the Corinthians
had enthusiastically boasted that they would share in an
offering for the poor in Jerusalem, but then they had done
nothing. The Macedonians had followed through on their promise,
and Paul was afraid that his boasting would be in vain.
I. INVOLVEMENT IN OTHER'S LIVES. v.1-2
"ministering" - a service to fellow
believers; your service will provoke
"superfluous" - unnecessary or
v.1 is intended not to criticize but
When we see what God is doing in and
through the lives of others, we ...
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