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2 Corinthians 8:7-15 (2 Corinthians 8:7-15)

Phillip Fayers, 1st July 2018
Part of the Ad hoc sermon series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

Paul gives us reasons for giving. It is anexample to others and what Jesus modelled. we pass on the grace we received. Our aim is equality and our giving should extend beyond our friends.

Tags: equality, generosity

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2 Corinthians 8:7–15 (Listen)

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.

I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. 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. 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. 12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. 13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness 14 your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. 15 As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”

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