Sunday, May 9, 2010

Giving Yields A Return, And Brings God Praise: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15

Text: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15

Theme: Glory in Christ, not the flesh.

2. By giving to those in need (8-9).
     D. Giving yields a return (9:6-11).
     E. Giving brings God praise (9:12-15).

Giving yields a return (6-11). Giving is like sowing seed for a harvest. The one who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, while the one who sows bountifully will reap a bountiful harvest. In the same way, one who gives generously will reap generously. God supplies the one who gives with "an abundance for every good deed" (8). The thought seems to be that the more you give, the more God will enable you to give to others (cf. 9-11a). 

Giving brings God praise (12-15). In addition to supplying those who give with an increased ability to help others, giving results in God's glory (9:12-15).

"For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God. Because of the proof given by this ministry they will glorify god for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all, while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you" (12-14; NAS).

Giving to those in need results in praise and thanksgiving for God's glory.

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.