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2 Corinthians: How Should We Give?

2 Corinthians: How Should We Give?

Deut.15:1-11; 2Cor.9:5-15

I used to work with a Pastor Gary, the most caring minister I’ve ever met. I asked him one day, “How do you do it?” His answer? “Ed, you don’t have to feel it first. Care for others first – the feelings come later.” Caring is an ongoing choice, not a response to an emotion.

Core Concepts of Christian Care

Liberality Leads to Blessing ~ Deuteronomy 15:1-11
The OT Principle:

  • 1/3 God’s people aren’t to hold debt over one another
  • 4/8 God’s people aren’t to allow one another to become poor
  • 9/11 care for the poor to receive God’s blessing (there will always be poor, but we shouldn’t turn our backs on them, especially our family of faith)

Giving Is OnGoing ~ 2Corinthians 9:5-15
The NT Practice:

  • 5/6 “generous” = “eulogy” not just good words, but good DEEDS
  • 7/8 decided in his heart -> conversation with God about what works for you; “able”= God ENABLES grace to you, so you can be ready to help others; in other words, God cares for the poor, and uses US to do it
  • 9/11 God’s gifts/resources are to flow THROUGH us
  • 12/15 when we let “our” finances be used for God’s work, more is in play than material needs: God is glorified because our obedience in letting go of “our” funds causes people to praise God 1) for His provision for their needs, and 2) for our willingness to listen to God’s prompting; there aren’t sufficient words known to describe how cool this is!

We don’t have to work ourselves up into an emotional state to care for others. As parents, there are plenty of days where we care for our children but don’t feel like it first. There are days that we don’t feel like getting up early to care for the animals. We CHOOSE to care – and THAT is how we should give!

Navigating Your Freedom

Shaped By A Savior ~ Navigating Your Freedom Sermon Audio Here

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Consider this story told by Bernard L. Brown, Jr., president of the Kennestone Regional Health Care System in the state of Georgia.

Brown once worked in a hospital where a patient knocked over a cup of water, which spilled on the floor beside the patient’s bed. The patient was afraid he might slip on the water if he got out of the bed, so he asked a nurse’s aide to mop it up. The patient didn’t know it, but the hospital policy said that small spills were the responsibility of the nurse’s aides while large spills were to be mopped up by the hospital’s housekeeping group.

The nurse’s aide decided the spill was a large one and she called the housekeeping department. A housekeeper arrived and declared the spill a small one. An argument followed.

“It’s not my responsibility,” said the nurse’s aide, “because it’s a large puddle.” The housekeeper did not agree. “Well, it’s not mine,” she said, “the puddle is too small.”

The exasperated patient listened for a time, then took a pitcher of water from his night table and poured the whole thing on the floor. “Is that a big enough puddle now for you two to decide?” he asked. It was, and that was the end of the argument.

Bits & Pieces, September 16, 1993, p. 22-24.

Learning to Love with Liberty
Love Trumps Knowledge ~ 1 Cor. 8:1-3

  • v1 love builds
  • v3 God knows who loves, who builds up others

Truth Trumps Idols ~ 1 Cor. 8:4-6

  • v4/5 idols are symbols of allegiance to a lesser lord
  • v6 Only One Actual God (Deut. 6:4)

Concern Trumps Freedom ~ 1 Cor. 8:7-13

  • v7 old mistaken ideas can still have power
  • v9 stumbling block – beat the breast in grief
  • v10 weak – not received benefit of being strengthened
  • v10 rebuilds allegiance to false symbol
  • v12 beat down instead of build up; anti-love
  • v13 skandalon, set up a trap

Use your freedom to build up, not beat down.


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