Lesson No. 544
II Corinthians Chapter 8
"Show Them the Proof of Your Love"

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Generous giving glorifies the Lord

1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 2 how that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; 4 praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. 6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also. 7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. 8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. 9 For ye 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. 10 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. 11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. 12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. 13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: 14 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: 15 as it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack. 16 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you. 17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you. 18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; 19 and not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind: 20 avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us: 21 providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you. 23 Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ. 24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.

Lesson No.  544     "Show Them the Proof of Your Love"

2nd Corinthians 8                                                12/13/2020

1)     The churches in Macedonia were poor, yet what were they doing at Paul's request for the church in Corinth?  (hint- verse 1-2)  Paul called this the grace of God. 

2)     The Macedonia churches were supporting other Christians beyond Paul's expectations, for what purpose?  (hint- verses 3-4)

3)      In verse 7, what does the Corinth 'abound in', but what does he want them to grow into?  (hint- verse 5-7) Is this easy to do?

4)     Is giving a 'commandment' (hint- verse 8)?  What does Paul call giving?  (hint- also verse 8)

5)     What does Paul give as an example of giving in verse 9?  What does he mean by Jesus' poverty?

6)     Verses 10 through 15 give some background behind giving; what is Paul saying?

7)     Titus took on the responsibility of helping the churches follow through on their promises to help other Christians (verses 10-17), so what was Titus' job?

8)     In addition to Titus as the fund-raising leader, what did the church do to insure that the monies collected were properly collected, stored, and deliver?  (hint- verses 18-23)  Why is this important?

9)     So this chapter is about 'tithing' and 'gifting', or 'giving back' to God.  Does God need our money?  What does God do when we give to others in need?

10)  So, in what way does God want us to show our fellow Christians in need that we love them?  (hint- verse 24)  In other ways too?

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