GLOBAL ECONOMIC JUSTICE/GIVING YOUR ALL/CHARITABLE EQUITY

Study Date: 12 Aug 18

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8: 7-15

Biblical Date: probably a.d. 55

Biblical Location: MACEDONIA

KEY VERSE:      For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.”  (2 Corinthians 9: 9)

GUIDING PRINCIPLE:  The generous gifts of God to us motivates our generosity toward those in true need.

OBJECTIVES: 

To identify ways of living generously in fidelity to the Gospel.

To show that God wants us to share with those in need.

To commit to giving a helping hand to the poor.

To remember to  help others in practical way as the Lord enables us.

To be personal stewards that embraces equity to all.

To give from a Christian and Godly perspective.

RESOURCES FOR THE SEED

Exodus 16: 13-17; Mark 12: 38-44; Philippians 2: 5-11; 2 Corinthians 8: 1-6; 2 Corinthians 9: 11-15; 2 Corinthians 8: 16-24.

WORDS TO REMEMBER

Equality—fairness and justice.

Grace—the free gift of God, God’s favor, God’s kindness.

Macedonians—beneficiaries of the church of Corinthians.

Paul—was Saul the persecutor of the people of the way.  The Apostle to the Gentiles.

Willingness—eager, ready, readiness.

BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND

What is the most important part of worship?  Singing? Praying? Giving? Preaching?

What part of the worship is something to be endured?

Do we think of putting money in the offering as an act of worship?

Are the believers generous in their giving?

THE SEED        GLOBAL ECONOMIC JUSTICE/SHARING WITH THEOSE IN NEED     2 Corinthians 8: 7-15
  1. Examples of Generous Giving (2 Corinthians 8: 7)
  2. Complete the offering you have committed to give.
  3. All of us believers are saved by the same Spirit of God for the same purpose.
  4. We can be united by sharing with the poor.
  5. The Macedonian Church is our example of giving.
  6. Give yourself first to God and share with others what God has given you.
  7. Giving with the Spirit of Christ (2 Corinthians 8: 8-9)
  8. Believers are not ordered to do what they ought to do.
  9. God’s grace shows us what we ought to do.
  10. Christ gave by leaving what He had to share with those in great need.
  11. The Rules for Giving (2 Corinthians 8: 10-11)
  12. You make the choice to give not by some order but willingly.
  13. Paul gives advice of what is best and what pays.
  14. Stop procrastinating on your promise to give.
  15. Finish what you have started.
  16. The Fair Balance of sharing (2 Corinthians 8: 12-15)
  17. Giving willing of what you have to please God.
  18. Giving ought not be a burden for those giving or receiving.
  19. Share and share alike.
  20. None of us should have anything to waste—those with plenty or those with little.

Christ gave all that H had and was for us.  We ought to give as we commit and sharing our blessings with others who need.

PLANTING THE SEED

What was Paul’s message to the church in 2 Corinthians?

What is one thing we know about the believers at Corinth?

Why did Paul refer to giving as a grace?

What was Paul trying to do when he talked to the Corinthians about giving.

What is the greatest example of giving?

In what way or sense did Christ become poor?

What were the Corinthian believers to do?

What is the first requirement for those who want to give?

What is the basic principle of giving laid down by Paul?

In what sense is there to be equality in giving?

NURTURING THE SEED

What does it mean to abound in grace?

How did Christ become poor and how can we become rich?

Why is it crucial to finish what we start?

What is the effect of willingness on giving as an act of worship?

What is the result of giving graciously to those in need.

FRUIT FROM THE SEED

Followers of Christ should be full of faith and grace.

Children of God should be adept at extending grace to others.

Always finish the good work you start.

It is not the amount but our willingness and eagerness that God cares most about.

Give out of your abundance, your overflow to meet the needs of others.

Everyone has their needs met when we follow the way of God.

TAKE AWAYS

God’s love is demonstrated by His love.

Jesus gave by taking the place of sinners.

Follow through on your good intentions.

God want you to have what you need.

When we are equitable as God was none will need.