-It seems that we
don’t hear very many lessons on the topic of giving.
-A couple of
sometimes feel ackward presenting a lesson on giving because their
-Making a living preaching the word is scriptural and
so is the topic of giving..
-I Cor 9: 9-15
-vs 14 - “live of the gospel” = to earn their living
-NAS - “So also the Lord directed those who proclaim
the gospel to get their
living from the gospel.”
-2. Money is a
sensitive topic and some don’t like lessons aimed at their
lesson is over, I hope you’ll see that giving is more of an issue of
giving is an act of worship. It is something that is commanded.
remember, the Lord’s Supper and giving are separate acts of
worship. Because we do them
together for convenience sake, I’m afraid we sometimes blend those
together in our minds.
-1 Cor 16: 1-2
-The saints in Judea were in need and the other
churches were helping them.
-2 Cor 9:1-2 - We find that the Christians in
-superfluous - (Coll Dict) - unnecessary or needless
-This is an
extremely important passage when it comes to the topic of giving.
-We know that Paul
had commanded the other churches to give when he commanded the
Corinthians to do so (1 Cor 16:1).
-In 2 Cor 8, we
find some information regarding the response of the churches in
-Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea and others
unusual contrasts: (what we might think unusual)
-vs 2 - great trial
of affliction - abundance of joy
their deep poverty - abounded unto riches of
-vs 3 - great
-vs 4 - prayed for
Paul and those with him to take the gift
-praying - (Vines) - desire, beseech (Beseech
carries with it the idea of earnest begging.)
-They wanted badly to help those who were in need.
5 - “but first gave their own selves to the Lord”
-Because they first gave themselves to God, they were
willing to give of their finances to God.]
-Explain vs 1 -
“grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia”
-Hopefully, we see
by this passage that giving isn’t as much a matter of the pocketbook
as it is a matter of
-2 Cor 9:7
-purposeth - (Vines) - “ to bring forth or forward” -
can mean “to take by choice,
-We see that our giving is something that is to involve
thought - purpose.
-It is to be planned. It is a choice and hopefully it is
a wise choice.
-We don’t put every penny in the collection today and
expect to buy groceries tomorrow.
Cor 16:2 - A Closer Look
-When? - Upon
the first day of the week
-It is not a part of the Lord’s Supper but usually done
immediately after for convenience.
by in store
-lay - (Vines)- to
lay up or store up
-Store - (Vines) - comes from the Greek word meaning “to
amass or reserve” - in treasury
-Mark 12: 41-44 - another great passage on giving
-There was a physical treasury. Now our treasury is in
the form of a bank account.
God hath prospered him
what is meant by this phrase.
-When we think of
the word “prosper” we think of abundance and excess.
-In other words, we get the idea of giving based upon our
excess - what is left over.
-Think about that for just a moment. Should God get our
leftovers? A portion of them?
-prospered - (Vines
and Strongs) - comes from two Greek words: 1. well 2. A way or journey
-as we do well along the way - as we earn income
-NIV - “each one of you should set aside a sum of money
in keeping with his income”
-In other words, our
giving should not be based upon what we have left when all is said and
done but on what we
receive in the first place.
-Most people consider all other payments and then give to
-We should give to God first and then consider other
-Give God what is right, not what is left.
-We are not told a
specific amount to give.
-2 Cor 9:7
-But, there is a
pattern found through the scriptures:
-Prior to the Law - Gen 14:20 - tithe = tenth
-During the Law - Lev 27:30-32
-After the Law - No set amount given.
-But, think about how far more we are blessed to be under
-Should we then give less?
-Giving is an
individual issue. It is one upon which you must decide.
-But, one factor we
haven’t discussed yet is the most important.
-2 Cor 8:9 (with vs 13)
-Think about how much
God gave and how much Jesus gave for you.
-Won’t you give in
-Most of all, won’t you
give yourself to the Lord?
-You do so initially by obeying
the Gospel - Believe (John 3:16, 8:24), Confess (Matt 10:32,
10:9), Repent (Luke 13:3,5; Acts 17:30), Be Baptized (Mark 16:16, Acts
continue to give through faithful living (Rom 6:4, Eph 4:22-24).
quit giving yourself to the Lord, come back to Him - confess your
of them and pray for His forgiveness (1 John 1:7-9, Acts 8:22-24).
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