1 – Give
enthusiastically - Find the motivation
2 Cor 9:2-3 I know your eagerness to
help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them
that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm
has stirred most of them to action.
2 – Give preparedly -
Find the means
2 Cor 9:3-5 I am sending the brothers in
order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow,
but that you may be ready, as I said you would be. For if any Macedonians
come with me and find you unprepared, we-not to say anything about you-would
be ashamed of having been so confident. So I thought it necessary to urge
the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the
generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift,
not as one grudgingly given.
1 Chron 29:1-5 (David said) “The task is
great, because this palatial structure is not for man but for the LORD God.
With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my
God…gold…silver…bronze… iron…wood…stones…marble - all of these in large
quantities. Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my
personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and
above everything I have provided for this holy temple.
Ex 35:5 (Moses said to the former Hebrew
slaves) “From what you have, take an offering for the LORD.”
3 – Give willingly -
Find the motive
2 Cor 9:6-8 Remember this: Whoever sows
sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also
reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to
give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
1 Chron 29:5-7 (David said) “Now, who is
willing to consecrate himself today to the LORD?" Then the leaders of
families, the officers…the commanders….and the officials in charge of the
king's work gave willingly. They gave toward the work on the temple of God
Ex 35:21-22 (Following Moses appeal)
Everyone who was willing and whose heart moved him came and brought an
offering to the LORD for the work on the Tent of Meeting, for all its
service, and for the sacred garments. All who were willing, men and women
alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings
and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the LORD.
4 – Give expectantly -
Find the magnitude
2 Cor 9:10-12 Now he who supplies seed to
the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of
seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made
rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through
us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that
you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also
overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
What are four thing you expect from giving
Treasure in heaven.
Future provisions so you can give again.
Your giving will help meet the needs of God’s people.
Your giving will cause people to thank God.
5 – Give obediently -
Find the maturity
2 Cor 9:12-13 This service that you
perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also
overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by
which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that
accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity
in sharing with them and with everyone else.
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