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Date: May 26, 2013

Message Title: Good stewards of God’s grace: giving that pleases God

Scripture Reference: 2 Corinthians 8
Tags: new testament, epistle, 2 corinthians, ephesians, philippians

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Central thought: Giving that pleases God will be a testimony to His grace. ...

Central thought: Giving that pleases God will be a testimony to His grace.

I. Characterized by grace:

A. Grace inspires joyful giving (1-2)

B. Grace inspires voluntary & sacrificial giving (3)

C. Grace inspires desire to give (4)

D. Grace inspires commitment to the work of God (5)

II. Evidence of salvation:

A. Giving is a mark of discipleship (6-8, 10-11)

B. Giving is a reflection of Christ’s love (9)

III. Kingdom-oriented (12-15)

Cooperative giving for other works in God’s Kingdom allows HHBC to be bigger than the size of our congregation.

New Testament principles for giving

·         A regular practice (1 Cor 16.2)

  • Willing and cheerful (2 Cor 8.2-3 & 9.7)
  • Proportionate by ability (1 Cor 16.2)
  • Generous (2 Cor 8.2-3)
  • Sacrificial (Mark 12.42-44; 2 Cor 8.9)
  • Faith-motivated (2 Cor 9.8; Mal 3.10b)

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. 

Giving that pleases God will be a testimony to God’s grace.