by Johnny Hunt

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The Second Mile - Part 3 (7 of 8)
Series: Shoe Leather Christianity
Johnny Hunt
2 Corinthians 8:3

John MacArthur wrote, ''Giving in particular is a significant element in God's design for the Christian life. Giving advances His kingdom, glorifies His name, meets the needs of others, and lays up treasures in heaven, bringing God's blessing in this life and the next. It must be a regular feature of worship as the church comes together on the Lord's Day. Christians are to be careful stewards of the resources God has entrusted to them. They must be wise about earning, saving, investing, and spending money. And just as they are careful in those areas, so they must also be in how they give their money.''

INTRODUCTION: In this passage the Apostle Paul testifies (reveals) his firsthand experience of the Macedonian's generosity to the Lord's work. Remember, Macedonia consisted of Berea, Thessalonica, and Philippi.

Philippians 4:19
''And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.''

Special Note:

Philippians 4:14-16
''Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities.''

Paul's Motive:

Philippians 4:17
''Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.''

Paul's Testimony:

Philippians 4:18
''Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.''

The Paradox of Generosity-Christine Smith and Hillary Davidson, reveal that giving of yourself helps boost your health, wellness and personal growth. Practicing generosity can reduce stress, put us in a better mood, and even provide relief from pain.

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