Background of this passage —>  I Corinthians 16:1-4.

We shall learn from the 3 categories of people how we ought to give.

I  The Macedonian Churches: Gracious Giving vv 1-5

  1. They Were Motivated By The Grace Of God v 1
  2. They Gave Out Of Great Trial v 2
  3. They Gave Open Heartedly vv 3-4
  4. They Gave Themselves First To The Lord v 5


II  The Corinthian Church: Hesitant Giving vv 6-8

Paul challenges them in 3 areas:

  1. To Finish What They Had Started v 6
  2. To Do Well In Their Giving v 7
  3. To Demonstrate Their Love v 8


III.    Jesus: Purposeful Giving  v 9


————————questions for sermon discussion————————

  1. Do you give to CGMC or any Christian organization? Do you pledge to CGMC? Why or why not? If you have not pledged will you begin to do so?


  1. Imagine you were a member of the Corinthian church and you hear 2 Cor. 8:1-9 read to you. What would you have heard Paul saying to you?


  1. Name one principle (or two) of giving from any of the 3 categories of people that challenges you to give. Why does that challenge you?
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