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Being Found Faithful in Our Giving (8 of 10)
Series: Found Faithful
II Corinthians 8:7
I am speaking today on "Found Faithful in Our Giving". I want you to look at II Corinthians 8:7. I received a letter not long ago and it is the first letter I have received in a long, long time about the matter of preaching on giving in the church. I have preached on giving throughout my ministry and taught God's people what the Bible says about giving but this was the first negative letter I received in a long time about preaching on giving. The person was suggesting that you shouldn't preach on giving.
And I have to tell you that I think it is incredible that in all these years, I have only received a handful of letters like that. Because I think most of God's people understand the joy of giving and that God called us to be faithful in giving. The verse that we are going to talk about is from the Phillips translation.
II Corinthians 8:7 "Already you are well to the fore in every good quality - you have faith, you can express that faith in words; you have knowledge, enthusiasm and your love for us. Could you not add generosity to your virtues?"
But he said there is one thing missing. These are incredible qualities – look at them – you have faith, knowledge, enthusiasm, and love. That would be a pretty good person wouldn't it? But he says you are not mature, you are not complete because you need to add generosity to your virtues in order to be a mature believer in the Lord.
You know when you look at God's Word you will notice that the word believe is used 272 times in the Scripture. The word believe is an incredibly important word - Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. The word pray is an incredibly important part of the Christian life. It is used 371 times in Scripture that we are to pray. The word love is used 714 times. And in deed we are told that if we do everything else and if we do it without love it amo ...
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