An Example in Giving (11 of 19) by Daniel Rodgers

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An Example in Giving (11 of 19)
Series: THE BOOK OF II CORINTHIANS
Dan Rodgers
II Corinthians 8:1-24
July 15, 2005

INTRODUCTION:

1. In this chapter Paul discusses the importance of Christian giving, using the churches in Macedonia as examples of how it should be done. Think for a moment; if everyone in every church were to give faithfully to the Lord's work, what could be done?

POEM: I'm reminded of the little poem...

Several thousand for my brand-new car;
Several thousand for a piece of sod.
Several thousand I paid for a house;
A dollar I gave to God.
A tidy sum to entertain my friends in chatter.
And when the world goes bad,
I ask, Lord, what's the matter?
A dollar I gave to God.
Yet there is one big question,
For the answer I still search:
With things so bad in this old world,
What's holding back my church? --Author Unknown
2. Let's take a look at three things:

I. Sharing an Example
II. Showing a Principle
III. Sending an Envoy

I. SHARING AN EXAMPLE (VV. 1-6)

A. They gave sacrificially (vs. 2)

1. These believers gave in time of affliction and in time of deep poverty. It kind of reminds you of the widow who gave all she had.

a. Mark 12:43-44, And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: [44] For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

2. There is no man so poor that he cannot give something. And by the way; you will notice that in giving, it brought them joy. In the midst of affliction and poverty, they were still excited about giving. The best way to take our minds off our predicament is to focus on doing something for someone else (vv. 3, 4).

B. They gave of themselves (vs. 5)

1. More important to God than the giving our money is in the giving of ourselves. If we give ourselves co ...


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