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Paul writes these two chapters in order to help the people in Corinth think correctly about their commitment. In other words, Paul used the prospect of a future offering to talk about the priority of biblical generosity. Last week we looked at four principles that were drawn out of 2 Corinthians 8. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to give you a total of 20. This morning I want to show you five additional observations that help us understand the beauty of biblical generosity.
2 Corinthians 8-9 is one of the most important sections in the Bible on the subject of generosity. There are some key observations that come out of this text about generosity.
That is what a recession does: it clarifies our values. It brings us back to our foundation, and what our trust is in. It shows us that we take too much joy in money, and it reminds us what is really important.
We’ve already taken four Sundays to look at Paul’s teaching on giving from 2 Corinthians 8-9. Paul was encouraging that church to give to an offering for the benevolence needs of the church in Jerusalem. He uses the opportunity of an offering to talk about the importance of generosity. Now there are six principles that we have yet to examine. The focus of these remaining principles is on the effect of generosity or on what giving does.