Today's passage: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
- Paul asks the church to continue giving for the benefit of other ministries and believers in need.
- Here are some important principles in Paul's request of the church to give:
- It is a grace from God that we get to give to meet the needs of others.
- Giving is usually done “according to our means.”
- Acts of generosity above our usual means must be a decision made by the giver.
- Paul led the church by encouraging them to give. It was not a command.
- Giving is an evidence of the love and grace of God working in the hearts of His people.
- We are to look at giving through the lens of the gospel.
- Jesus decreased so that we could increase.
- We can decrease so that others would increase (And there are times, others will decrease so that we can increase).
- In verse 15, Exodus 16:18 is quoted. This is from the gathering of manna in the wilderness. God supplied the food each day. Everyone gathered what they needed. There was enough for everyone.
Questions to consider:
- What are some principles of giving from this passage that stick out the most to you? Why?
- How does mentioning the Israelites measuring out the manna shape the way we think about giving? How does remembering that giving is to be voluntary help us not to take that comparison too far?
- Who are those who benefit from the generous giving of Christian people? In what ways do they (or we) benefit?