The Joshua Victor Theory

Growing in the Grace of Giving

June 30, 2009

Sermon on 2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-15 for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon Talking Points:

  1. What is the surprise of “Divine Arithmetic?” How did in show among the Macedonians? What explains how they “begged” Paul to let them participate in giving even beyond their means?
  2. What are the struggles and afflictions you face in today’s economy? What are your blessings even in the midst of this? Name them or write them down. Read Phil. 4:12-13
  3. How did God turn scarcity into plenty in these Biblical examples? Who was it that provided when there was need? Genesis 41-46; Exodus 15:22-17:7; 1 Kings 17:1-16; Mark 5:30-44; Mark 12:41-44.
  4. What does our giving reflect about our hearts? Is guilt an acceptable motivation for giving? How do we grow in the grace of giving then? What turns the tables (and our hearts)?
  5. What’s the difference between giving from what’s left and “firstfruits” giving? What steps can we take to move in that direction?
  6. What is one nearby human need in our community that we could support as a congregation?
  7. How does Jesus’ becoming poor make us rich? What is the wealth He offers to us? Define “grace.” John 1:17; Rom. 5:15

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