A Generous Gift (Blessing), Nov. 4-10

2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5

Message Outline

Integrity of Paul: careful accountability

Titus (16-17)

Brother one (18-19a)

Motives and methods (19b-21)

Honor the Lord and show eagerness to help
Do what’s right in the eyes of the Lord and people

Brother two (22)

Summary (23)

 

Integrity of the people: faithful follow through

Show the proof of your love (8:24)

Be ready for this service (ministry) (9:1-3)

So we will both avoid being ashamed (9:4)

So that you are ready to give (9:5)

the generous gift (blessing) you had promised

 

Group Discussion Questions

  1. How have you seen churches or religious organizations mishandle finances?
  2. What were the negative consequences?
  3. How have you seen Christian people fail to faithfully give or follow through on their commitments to give? What were the consequences?
  4. How did Paul exercise careful accountability in handling the offering from Corinth to the believers in Jerusalem? How would you describe the character of the team he sent – Titus and the other two brothers?
  5. What core principle(s) do you see in 2 Corinthians 8:21 and how can churches live this out today?
  6. What charge does Paul give to the Corinthians (8:24–9:5)? How does he motivate them to faithfully follow through? Which motivations move you? Which make you uncomfortable and why?
  7. How could you more faithfully give generous financial blessings (9:5)?
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