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GRACEFUL GIVING  -  BY: Pastor Abraham Bascon

GRACEFUL GIVING (2CO.8-9)
AN OUTLINE OF GIVING TO SUPPORT THE CHURCH

1-v.1, THE GRACE OF GOD FELL UPON THE CHURCHES IN MACEDONIA! THE CHURCHES FOUND FAVOUR WITH GOD. GOD BLESSED THE CHURCHES FOR THEIR OBEDIENCE TOWARDS HIM.
a- GOD’S GRACE MUST COME UPON YOU IN ORDER FOR YOU TO GIVE WITH A SINCERE HEART TO THE CHURCH.

2-v.2, THE MACEDONIAN CHURCHES WERE GOING THROUGH FINANCIAL HARDSHIP. BUT IN SPITE OF THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES, WHEN THEY SAW THE CHURCHES NEED IN JERUSALEM, THEY ENTHUSIASTICALLY RESPONDED BY GIVING WHAT LITTLE THEY HAD.
a- THE RESULT OF THE CHURCHES GIVING TOGETHER WHAT LITTLE THEY HAD PRODUCED A VERY GENEROUS LOVE GIFT.

3- v.3, THEY GAVE WHAT THEY COULD AFFORD, AND SOME EVEN GAVE BEYOND THEIR MEANS. THEY GAVE ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN FREE WILL! NO ONE HAD TO URGE, FORCE,INTIMIDATE THEM TO GIVE!! PAUL SAID,HE DIDN’T HAVE TO NAG THEM TO GIVE. IN FACT THEY BEGGED THEM TO TAKE THE MONETARY GIFT (v. 4 ).

4- v.5, IN GRACEFUL GIVING, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO DEDICATE OR GIVE YOURSELVES TO GOD FIRST! SEEK THE HOLY SPIRIT AND ASK HIM HOW MUCH SHOULD YOUR GIFT BE. AFTER ALL, HE IS OMNISCIENT HE KNOWS THE CHURCH’S NEEDS.
a-GOD WILL THEN GRACE YOU TO GIVE WITHOUT HURTING
YOU FINANCIALLY.

5-v.7, APOSTLE PAUL ENCOURAGES THE CORINTHIAN BELIEVERS TO GIVE GRACEFULLY.
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6- v,8, GRACEFUL GIVING ISN’T A COMMANDMENT, BUT IT IS THE TESTING OF THE SINCERITY OF YOUR LOVE. a- 1JOHN 3:16-19, THIS IS THE PROOF OF OUR LOVE, LOVE THE CHURCH BY YOUR LOVING ACTIONS NOT JUST BY LIP SERVICE!!

7-v,10-11, WHEN GOD GIVES YOU GRACE TO GIVE, YOU MUST COMPLETE THE DESIRE TO GIVE.

8-v, 12, GRACEFUL GIVING IS GIVING WITH A WILLING MIND OR HEART.
a-GIVE ACCORDING TO WHAT YOU HAVE, NOT WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE. EXAMPLE: IF I HAD TWENTY DOLLARS, I WOULD GIVE IT. THAT’S WISHFUL THINKING.

9-v.13-14, IF YOU ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH YOUR FINANCES AND CAN’T GIVE, DON’T FEEL BAD OR GUILTY REMEMBER, GRACEFUL GIVING ISN’T A COMMANDMENT, IT’S TOTALLY VOLUNTARILY. AND BESIDES THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL ASK SOMEONE TO GIVE MORE FOR YOUR LACK.

10-v. 19-21, THE GIFT IS ADMINISTERED BY THE ELDERS AND IT IS USED FOR THE WORK OF THE CHURCH; AND, NOT TO PAY THE PASTORS A LAVISH SALARY AND LIFESTYLE.

11-CHAPT. 9 v.5, GRACEFUL GIVING COMES FROM A GENEROUS HEART. NOT FROM A GRUDGING HEART!

12-v.6, HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE? YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW!
v.7, GIVE WITH YOUR HEART. GOD LOOKS AT YOUR HEART
NOT THE AMOUNT OF YOUR GIFT.
a- REMEMBER: GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER!

13, SOME FOLKS WHO ARE ONLY CONCERNED ABOUT GETTING BLESSED BY GOD, MIGHT ARGUE, THAT MALACHI 3:10 SAYS, THAT GOD WOULD GIVE AN OVER ABUNDANCE OF BLESSINGS TO THOSE WHO TITHE.
a-FIRST OF ALL, MALACHI IS OF THE OLD COVENANT. CHRISTIANS AREN’T UNDER THE LAW BUT UNDER GRACE! BELIEVERS OF CHRIST ARE UNDER THE NEW COVENANT! THE OLD COVENANT WAS FOR THE ISRAELITES ONLY ( EPH. 2:11-13 ).

b-SECOND, LET US READ 2 CO. 9: 8-10.
a-GOD IS ABLE!! ABLE TO DO WHAT? ABLE TO MAKE
ALL GRACE TO ABOUND ( PLENTIFUL OVERFLOW-
ING,BULGING ) TOWARD YOU!!
b-HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE BULGED WITH GOD’S
GRACE?
c-OVERFLOWING WITH GOD’S GRACE,AND ALWAYS
HAVING ALL! ALL OF WHAT? ALL SUFFICIENCY
(ADEQUATE OR AN ABUNDANCE OF SOMETHING)
IN ALL THINGS, NOT IN SOME THINGS!! THAT YOU
MAY HAVE AN ABUNDANCE FOR EVERY GOOD
WORKS!!
d-IN OTHER WORDS, THE MORE GENEROUS YOU ARE
WITH YOUR GIVING FOR GOOD WORKS, GOD’S GRACE
WILL KEEP YOU IN PLENTY TO CONTINUE YOUR
GRACEFUL GIVING.


14-v.10, WHO SUPPLIES THE SEED TO THE SOWER? GOD!! PTL, GOD EVEN SUPPLIES THE SEED FOR YOU TO GIVE GRACEFULLY!
a-v.10- MAY GOD SUPPLY AND MULTIPLY THE SEED
( LOVE GIFT ) YOU HAVE SOWN!! AND INCREASE
THE FRUITS OF YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

15-v 13, GRACEFUL GIVING IS A SIGN OF OBEDIENCE TO THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST!

16-v.14, GRACEFUL GIVING WILL RESULT IN THE CHURCH PRAYING FOR YOU. THANKING GOD FOR YOUR LOVING KINDNESS IN YOUR RESPONSE TO THEIR TIME OF NEED ( v. 11-12 ).


17-v.14, GRACEFUL GIVING IS THE EXCEEDING GRACE OF GOD IN YOU!!!!

18- SO, MY FELLOW BELIEVER IN CHRIST, GOD DOESN’T WANT TO OBLIGATE YOU TO TITHE. WE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW OF THE OLD COVENANT BUT UNDER THE NEW COVENANT WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED BY THE LAMB OF GOD WHO CAME TO TAKE AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD ( JOHN 1:29 ). WE ARE SAVED BY GOD’S GRACE AND NOT OF WORKS ( EPH. 2:8-10 ) AND TITHING IS WORKS! JUST AS CIRCUMCISION IS UNDER THE LAW, SO IS TITHING! BELIEVERS OF CHRIST ARE NOT JUSTIFIED BY THE WORKS OF THE LAW BUT BY OUR FAITH IN CHRIST ( GAL. 2:16-21 ).
THERE IS NO PLACE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT THAT JESUS COMMANDS BELIEVERS TO TITHE. DON’T LET YOUR PASTOR OR ANYONE ELSE BULLY, INTIMIDATE, MAKE YOU FEEL GUILTY OR FORCE YOU TO TITHE. INSTEAD, DO GRACEFUL GIVING!