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Standing In The Gap To Give

February 10, 2019

Text: 2Co 8:1-5

 

A. Attitude in giving.

  1. The Macedonians gave joyfully in their great trials of affliction (2Co 8:2).
    a. The Thessalonians endured persecutions and tribulations (2Th 1:4).
    b. The Philippians suffered for Christ’s sake (Php 1:29).

  2. The Macedonians gave liberally in their deep poverty (2Co 8:2).
    a. The house of Jason was attacked by the Jews (Act 17:5).
    b. Jason and the Thessalonians had to give a security bond before they were let off (Act 17:9).

  3. The Macedonians gave willingly beyond their ability (2Co 8:3).
    a. They were under no obligation to give (Act 5:4).
    b.Even if they give, they were not expected to give beyond their means (2Co 8:12).

  4. The Macedonians gave persistently and selflessly (2Co 8:4-5).
    a. The Thessalonians abounded in love (2Th 1:3).
    b. Epaphroditus was so selfless in ministering to Paul’s needs even though he was sick almost unto death (Php 2:25-27).

 

B. Basis of giving.

  1. The Macedonians gave because of God’s grace upon them (2Co 8:1,6-7).
    a. The richest gave that the poorest might give (2Co 8:9).
    b. The giver is more blessed than the receiver (Act 20:35).

  2. The Corinthians gave because it proves the sincerity of their love (2Co 8:8).
    a. They gave because actions speak louder than words (2Co 8:24).
    b. They knew that one can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving (1Co 13:3).

  3. The Corinthians gave because it glorifies God (2Co 9:11-13).
    a. They gave because it softens the hearts of the worst cynic (1Pe 2:12).
    b. They understood that a good example is the best sermon (Php 1:27).

  4. The Corinthians gave because it deepens brotherly love (2Co 9:13-14).
    a. They gave because a family shares what they have with each other (Rom 15:27).
    b. They have affection and longing for each other (Php 1:8).

 

C. Condition for giving.

  1. The Corinthians gave what they have, not what they do not have (2Co 8:12).
    a. Giving is not meant to burden us, but to relieve those who are burdened (2Co 8:13-14).
    b. Giving ought to be according to what God has prospered us (1Co 16:2).

  2. The Corinthians gave bountifully, not grudgingly (2Co 9:6).
    a. God will provide us sufficiency in all things, so that we have abundance for every good work (2Co 9:8-9).
    b. God is the source of all blessings, just as He is the source of all increase (2Co 9:10-11).

  3. The Corinthians gave purposefully, not of necessity (2Co 9:5,7).
    a. God loves a cheerful giver (2Co 9:7).
    b. Purposeful giving increases the fruits of our righteousness (2Co 9:10).

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