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Week 2: Grace and Generosity
II Corinthians 8 and 9 is the story of two churches. One is in Corinth and the other is in Macedonia. One is wealthy; and the other is poor. One is spiritually stagnant; one is spiritually vibrant. Both were planted by Paul, what was the difference?
The Macedonian church had something deep down—something in their heart that set them apart. This is something God wants us to have and cultivate as well.
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What’s the most unusual gift you’ve ever received, or surprised you the most?
Read II Corinthians 8:1-9. What’s the quality that the Macedonians have that’s so admirable?
What does Paul celebrate in them?
In verse 2, Paul commends them that even during the most severe trial of poverty, they overflowed with joy and generosity. Tell about a time you witnessed someone giving during a time when they could least afford it.
What did this sacrifice demonstrate within them? What does their sacrificial example produce in your heart?
In verses 3-4, there are two words that you don’t often see together—giving and privilege. What do you think caused the Macedonians to see giving financially as a privilege? How did they develop this “get-to” attitude, instead of a “have-to?” What happens when we slip into the second type of attitude?
In verse 5, we see that at the root of their generosity was a giving of themselves to the Lord first and then to the needs of those around them. How does having our hearts rooted in Christ’s generous and sacrificial grace make a difference in our level of generosity?
What does your level of generosity say about your view of God’s grace?
What are some of the blessings that come from generous living? Be specific…practical…and real.
In verse 7, Paul compares generosity with faith, knowledge, zeal. What does this tell us about the priority of giving?
Grace and giving are connected in the spiritual life. God is sacrificially generous with His grace. We who receive it are to be sacrificially generous with our resources as well. A great way to increase the generosity factor in our lives is to focus on the grace of God.
Close by praying the following prayer…Thank you, Jesus for…
For further study…Principles for Biblical Generosity.
- Give willingly. II Corinthians 8:3-4 and 9:7
- Give generously. II Corinthians 9:6-8
- Give faithfully. II Corinthians 9:10-11
- Give regularly. II Corinthians 8:8-11