2 Corinthians 8:1-15
For most people the subject of giving is really a grind. A lot people when they think in terms of giving have a little natural reluctance to even talk about the subject. I suppose the reasons for this is that there is a streak of stinginess in all of us and we really don't want to talk too much about giving and depriving ourselves of something. In the average church, when you take up the offering, the song that could be appropriately sung is, ''When we asunder part, it gives us inward pain.'' There are a lot of people who take that attitude when you talk about the matter of giving. But I have a feeling that one of the reasons why the subject of giving is not an unpleasant subject in our congregation here is that those who are truly saved, who truly know the Lord will respond when Jesus Christ is made preeminent in the church and winning people to the Lord Jesus becomes the priority on the agenda. So, I'm never uncomfortable and never ill at ease when I talk about the matter of giving in our fellowship here. I am aware of the fact that we are living in a time when there are many unusual appeals that are made on the subject of giving. There is a great deal of off the wall teaching that is going on today about the entire subject of giving. I think it's important for us to go to the Scriptures and see what the Bible says about the matter of giving. When you understand what God says in the verses we are going to study today, you will find out that giving is not a grind, giving is a grace. In fact, ten times in these two chapters the Scriptures use the word, grace, in the matter of giving.
Verse 1: . the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia. He is talking about their giving.
Verse 7: Therefore as you abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and in knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that you abound in this grace also.
He is talking about the matter of giving. True gi ...
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