Tom Scott - 23/08/2015
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Date: August 25, 2015
Sorry about being a day late with the E-study this week. Dedra and I spent the day in Cincinnati with my grandmother who suffered a massive stroke last week. She is under hospice care right now as there is nothing they can do for her. Thank you for your prayers. My grandmother was a very generous woman which leads into the E-study for this week. Sunday I talked about why we give as a Christian as part of our core values sermon series. Let me share with you five questions that are meant to help us reflect upon the message. If you missed the message Sunday, you can find it either on our website or as a podcast.
1. The message began with a story about a little boy who asked for his quarter back as he left Sunday school early. Far too often people will state that the church is only interested in my money. When was the last time you heard someone say that and did you take them at their word?
2. As the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he talked about many of the issues which were troubling the church. In chapters 8 and 9 of Second Corinthians, he is addressing the special collection he was receiving from the churches he visited. What need existed which promoted Paul to ask for this special offering from the church?
3. In Second Corinthians chapter 9, Paul talks about the benefits of giving generously to the Lord. When we read through verses 6 to 14, he mentions several benefits to giving to God. Reading Proverbs 11:24-25 shows us that there are even more benefits when giving to God from the heart. What are some of the benefits you have experienced in giving generously to the Lord?
4. Paul shares the best and deepest motivation for giving in verse 15 of Second Corinthians chapter 9. He gives thanks for the indescribable gift which has come from God. Love is a great motivating factor. When we love God, we will want to give generously and cheerfully to the Lord. What would you say is your biggest motivating factor when it comes to giving to God right now?
5. Through the years, many of us have heard plenty of sermons on the topic of giving. Some preachers steer away from the topic for fear of offending people. The scriptures show us repeatedly that this is an important topic to cover. How would you answer someone who says that the church is only interested in my money?
The more we come to love God, the more we will want to give to God. Paul compared his giving to a drink offering being pour out before the Lord. Let’s pray that people will grow in their love for the Lord. Join me this Sunday as we wrap up our series with a message on prayer. Have a great week in the Lord!
WHY DO WE GIVE?
2 Corinthians 9:6-15 August 23, 2015
Introduction: Some people say that the church is only interested in their money. Our concern is actually for your eternal soul. Money can keep us out of Heaven if we are not careful in how we use it. This morning we will look at what we believe about giving here at Cumberland.
I. We give because there is a need.
A. Paul wanted to ___________ people in Jerusalem. Galatians 2:10
B. There are __________ all around us right now. Isaiah 58:10
II. We give because it is beneficial to us.
A. Paul talked about the _______________ of being generous. Acts 20:35
B. There are several benefits we can __________. Proverbs 11:24-25
III. We give because we are grateful for Jesus.
A. Paul looked to Jesus as an __________________ gift. 2 Corinthians 8:8-9
B. There are many ways we can show _______________ to God. Hebrews 13:15-16
Conclusion: The reason we encourage people to give here at Cumberland is not so that we can stockpile large sums of money or to build beautiful testaments to our faith, rather we give because of our great love for God. As we grow in our love for the Lord; we will want to become more generous with our gifts. What does our giving today suggest about our love for God?
Key Thought: We give as a way of expressing our thanks to God.
Key Words: help, needs, benefits, enjoy, indescribable, appreciation