At-Home Bible Study

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Bookmark this page and come back each week to study the Bible in your own home.  To further your Bible learning, come to Sunday School at Morningside Baptist Church each Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

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February 1, 2015

2 Corinthians 8 - 9

Principles of Giving

 

 

 

What thoughts come to mind when you read that title?  What is your reaction when your pastor preaches on the subject of giving? 

Some people assume the preacher wants a raise or the church needs money.  Others resist the idea of tithing, saying it was an Old Testament law no longer binding on New Testament Christians.  Since a few televangelists have been involved in financial scandals in the past, some people think all preachers are greedy and crooked.  Many church members are so financially strapped with bills and debt they don’t feel they can afford to give.

Chapters 8 and 9 of 2 Corinthians are all about giving.  In fact, those chapters present fourteen principles of Christian giving.  A principle is a fundamental law or fact of nature that guides our behavior.  You’ll find principles of giving in the following verses.

2 Cor. 8:1

What did Paul want the Corinthians to know?

 

Macedonia is the northern part of Greece (Corinth is in the south, known as Achaia – see the  Map).  When Paul wrote this letter the Christians in and around Jerusalem were very poor.  Many were Jews whose families disowned them when they accepted Christ.  There was also a famine in the land.  Churches in other regions took up offerings to help the poor believers.

2 Cor. 8:2

The Macedonians gave in spite of their “great trial of ______________” and “deep ___________.”

 

2 Cor. 8:3-4

Did they want to give or were they forced?

 

Those verses contain Principle #1: Outward circumstances and difficulties should not stop us from giving.

2 Cor. 8:5

What did they give the Lord first?

 

Principle #2: Financial giving must be preceded by ________ giving.  God cares more about you than your money, but when you give yourself to the Lord you won’t mind giving your money, too.

2 Cor. 8:7

In what did the Corinthians abound?

 

What else did Paul want them to abound in?

 

Principle #3: Believers should _________ in the grace of giving.

2 Cor. 8:9

“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was ________, yet for your sakes He became ________, that ye through His ___________ might be ________.” 

 

Principle #4: Our giving should be motivated by ____________ sacrificial giving of His life for us.

The Corinthians began taking up their offering the previous year  (1 Cor. 16:1-2).  In the midst of their troubles (such as the arrival of false teachers) they evidently forgot about the offering.

2 Cor. 8:11

What did Paul tell them to do?

 

Principle #5: Plans for __________ should be brought to completion.  We should fulfill our commitments.

2 Cor. 8:12

“For if there be first a ___________ mind, it is accepted according to that a man ________, and not according to that he hath _______.” 

 

Principle #6: Willingness to give is more important than how much you give.

2 Cor. 8:14

What would the Corinthians’ abundance supply?

 

2 Cor. 8:15

This verse quotes Exodus 16:18.  When God gave manna in the wilderness everyone had enough.

 

Principle #7: The abundance of some Christians ministers to the needs of _________ Christians.

2 Cor. 8:18-19

Trusted men collected and carried the offering.

 

2 Cor. 8:20

Why was this done?

 

2 Cor. 8:21

“Providing for __________ things, not only in the sight of the ______, but also in the sight of ______.”

 

Principle #8: Offerings given by God’s people must be handled in a manner that is above reproach.

2 Cor. 9:1-2

How had the Corinthians’ zeal inspired others?

 

The generosity of the Corinthians inspired the Macedonians to give, too.  Principle #9: Generous, spiritually-motivated giving will have a positive influence on __________.

2 Cor. 9:3-4

Why did Paul send the brethren ahead to Corinth?

 

2 Cor. 9:6

He that sows sparingly will reap _____________.

 

He that sows bountifully will reap ______________.

 

Principle #10: There is a principle of sowing and reaping.  If a farmer only plants a few seeds he will only reap a small harvest, but if he plants many seeds he will reap a larger harvest.  Perhaps we should give based upon the size harvest we want.

2 Cor. 9:7

What attitude should we have when we give?

 

Principle #11: Give cheerfully and willingly, not ____________.

2 Cor. 9:8

What can God do for the cheerful giver?

 

2 Cor. 9:10

What else will He do?

 

2 Cor. 9:11

“Being __________ in every thing.”

 

Principle #12: ______ will supply the needs of a generous giver.

2 Cor. 9:11

What does this cause?

 

2 Cor. 9:12

What was an extra benefit of the offering?

 

2 Cor. 9:13

How did the recipients of the offering react?

 

2 Cor. 9:14

What else did they do?

 

Principle #13: Generous giving results in praise and ________________ to God

2 Cor. 9:15

“Thanks be unto God for his ______________ gift.”

 

Think of all Jesus did to purchase your salvation: He left heaven’s glory; He confined Himself to a human body; He suffered ridicule and scorn; He was brutally beaten; He died a very painful death.  He did all that for you.  Principle #14: Generous giving is the natural response to God’s indescribable gift of _____________

Concluding Thoughts: Re-read the principles of giving you’ve discovered and answer the following questions:

·       Are you letting outward circumstances stop you from giving?

·       Have you given yourself to the Lord?

·       Is your giving abundant or meager?

·       How does Jesus’ sacrifice for you motivate you to give?

·       Do you have any unfulfilled commitments to give?

·       Are you willing to give, regardless of the amount?

·       How can your abundance help those less fortunate?

·       Are you handling God’s money properly and honestly?

·       What kind of effect does your giving have on others?

·       Are you sowing much or little in the Lord’s work?

·       Do you have a cheerful or grudging attitude when you give?

·       In what ways has God provided for your needs?

·       Does your giving cause anyone to praise and thank God?

·       Does your thankfulness for Christ’s gift motivate you to give?

How are you doing?  Do you need to make any adjustments in your attitudes toward giving or in the ways you give?  Are you willing to confess your sin and make a fresh commitment to God concerning giving?  If so, do it now while it is fresh on your mind.

Thank God for His blessings upon you and for the privilege of giving back to Him and to others.

 

Project: Memorize 2 Corinthians 9:6-8.  Give a tithe of your income to your church this week.  Look for opportunities to give offerings above the tithe.  Review the fourteen principles of Christian giving you have discovered in this lesson. 

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