Lesson No. 545
II Corinthians Chapter 9
"What Happened to Our Cheerful Hearts?"

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God prizes cheerful givers

1 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you: 2 for I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many. 3 Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready: 4 lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting. 5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up before hand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness. 6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 9 (as it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. 10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 11 being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; 13 while by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; 14 and by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

Lesson No.   545             "What Happened to Our Cheerful Hearts?"

2nd Corinthians 9                                                12/20/2020

1)     Paul talks about 'exhorting' the brothers to give liberally to those other churches in need in verses 1-5; I thought are to be lead by the Holy Spirit' in all things?

2)     Paul puts more pressure on the churches in verse 6; is this being pushy or is this God's way?

3)     Verse 7 defines what God says about giving, and most anything else.  What does God say about giving that needs to be remembered?

4)     Perhaps what this really means is given in verse 8; if our hearts are right we will give 'rightly' and then what does God do?

5)     Verse 9 says if we give to the poor widely, what happens?

6)     Verses 10 and 11 explain how God 'multiplies' our giving?  How does this relate to our giving to the kids half-way around the world?

7)     What does verse 12 mean?

8)     Verse 13 says that ‘giving’ glorifies God.  How so?

9)     Verse 14 offers a new slant on giving- what is the receiver of the gift likely to do once the gift is received?  What is better, money or the prayers of righteous men and women? Why?

10) Paul talks about the 'grace in us' in verse 14; what does this mean?

11) In verse 15, what is the 'unspeakable gift of God'?  Is this what churches teach today about giving?  Why not?  Isn't this true?

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