Grace for Giving
The faith Journey of the New Testament Church
Text: (2 Co 8-9 ESV).
1 We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, 4 begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— 5 and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. 6 Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. 7 But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.
The Macedonians show us there is a grace for giving A grace-enabled generosity.
* Because we are encouraged to follow a Savior who gave his all
* Because we are enabled by His Spirit who bears this fruit of generosity within us
* Because we are enabled by God’s grace to do what we would not
Paul uses nine words for this offering
ACT OF GRACE
Grace is God’s Enabling Power to Be all Jesus Is, Do all Jesus does, Become all Jesus wants
WE SEE THIS GRACE FOR GIVING WHEN WE…
#1 GIVE IN SPITE OF CIRCUMSTANCES (2 COR. 8:1–2)
The Macedonians were in deep poverty and suffering from a severe tribulation. Every natural excuse to withhold… yet they gave beyond their means
(Great Affliction) + (Deep Poverty) x (GRACE) = OUTPOURING
Three times in scripture you see this grace for giving
(Ex. 35:5–6) Moses and the Tabernacle
(1 Chron. 29:6–9) David and the Temple
(2 Cor. 6:10) The Macedonians
#2 WHEN WE GIVE ENTHUSIASTICALLY (2 COR. 8:3–4)
2 Corinthians 8:3–5 (ESV)
3 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, 4 begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— 5 and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.
Grace opens more than our hands… it opens our hearts
#3 WHEN WE GIVE AS JESUS GAVE (2 COR. 8:5–9)
2 Corinthians 8:9 (ESV)
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
The Church at Corinth taught us Gifts of the Spirit
The Church at Macedonia teaches us the Gift of Giving
#4 WHEN WE GIVE WILLINGLY (2 COR. 8:10–12)
2 Corinthians 8:10–11 (ESV) 10 And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. 11 So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have.
2 Corinthians 9:7 (ESV)
7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
5. WHEN WE GIVE BY FAITH (2 COR. 8:13–24)
15 As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”
Grace giving is a matter of faith: we obey God and believe that He will meet our needs as we help to meet the needs of others. As the Jews gathered the manna each day, so we must depend on God to “give us this day our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11). We must not waste or squander what God gives us, neither must we hoard it.
When we embrace the GRACE FOR GIVING
1. Your Giving will Bless others (vs 9:1-5)
2. Your Giving will Bless you (vs 9:6-11)
3. Your Giving will Bless the kingdom (vs 9:12)
4. Your Giving will Bless The Lord (vs 9:13)