Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that believers with extra should help believers with shortages. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to help one another.
Read II Corinthians 8:7-9
I. Excellent Giving. Paul mentions how the Corinthian believers are doing well in a number of areas. He urges them to do well in the area of giving as well. He talks about Jesus’ example of giving for the sake of believers.
- Encouraging one another’s growth. Notice in vs. 7 that Paul urges the believers to grow in a given area.
- Jesus’ example. Notice in vs. 9 that Christ is the example for His disciples.
Read II Corinthians 8:10-11
II. Freewill Giving. Paul urges the Corinthians to finish what they had started. In the previous year, the Corinthians were setting the pace. Paul urges them to give according to their means.
- Follow-through. Notice in vss. 10-11 that the principle of follow-through is discussed.
Read II Corinthians 8:12-15
III. Equitable Giving. Willingness and ability are important for giving to take place. Paul talks about equality – treating believers in need equally. A major idea in what Paul is asking for is for those with extra to give to the needs of those who a shortage.
It is expected that when the roles turn, the principle would remain. Those with extra tomorrow should give to the needs of those who are short on tomorrow.
- Proportionate giving. Notice in vs. 12 the idea of God expecting us to give according to what we have, not what we don’t have.
- Basics support. Notice in vss. 13-15 that believers are to give towards all believers having at least “the basics of life.”
Conclusion: Let’s work on helping one another. God has much for those who obey His will.Click here for home page.