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Supreme Act of Worship (8 of 8)
Series: Shoe Leather Christianity
2 Corinthians 8:4-5
INTRODUCTION: We have dealt with the first-hand Experience of the Macedonians generosity to the Lord's work. They undoubtedly shared their Expression of grace, which served as a display of God's activity in their hearts. Last week we began to talk about the Enthusiasm of Grace, now picking up on that theme.
Remember, the Macedonians gave Proportionally with enthusiasm. Note that they also gave
2. Sacrificially with Enthusiasm
''yes, and beyond their ability'' - over and above; sacrificial giving. No prompting or reminding.
Here, grace (still the subject) is manifested in the fruit of a large and self-denying liberality.
They gave according to what they had but in proportion they were sacrificial. They were compelled by the needs of others.
QUESTION: What would a SACRIFICIAL gift to the Lord's work look like from you? What do you give? What do you have left?
3. Voluntarily With Enthusiasm
''they were freely willing''- giving in the context of grace at work in our hearts is seen as a privilege instead of a duty. Their giving was on their own initiative; it was self-motivated and spontaneous.
freely willing (on their own accord) refers to those who choose his own course of action. The Macedonians were not coerced, manipulated, or intimidated, but gave freely.
My giving is not to be based on an Old Testament principle but on a New Testament person
(2 Corinthians 8:9).
IV. THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF GRACE 4
A Serving Heart
''imploring us with much urgency'' - begging insistently for the privilege. Giving was viewed as a privilege, not a requirement. Not an obligation, but an opportunity. One must open their heart to receive His grace and, in return, He opens our hands.
The Paradox of Generosity - Smith and Davidson found that giving based on social pressures with no connection to the organization, did nothing to encourage more givi ...
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