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March 11, 2018

Sermon: Generosity: From Grace

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Scripture Lesson

2 Corinthians 8:1-9

Encouragement to Be Generous

We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches of Macedonia; for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints— and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us, so that we might urge Titus that, as he had already made a beginning, so he should also complete this generous undertaking among you. Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Generosity: From Grace
2 Corinthians 8:1-9

I. Introduction: Pearls Before Sw)
II. Series: Generosity (2 Corinthians 8-9))
     A. Paul’s collection for Jerusalem)
     B. Encouraging generosity)
III. The Greek (2 Cor. 8-9))
     A. Rhetorical manuals)
     B. Charis (10 times, 5 times here))
         1. Gift from God (8:1, 9))
         2. The good charis inspires (8:4, 6, 7))
     C. The dynamic)
     D. Generosity as a spiritual gift (charisma, 8:7))
IV. Why people are not generous (2 Cor. 8:1-9))
     A. We have not received God’s grace (8:1, 9))
     B. We are experiencing hard times/poverty (8:2))
V. What does this mean for us?)
     A. Receiving generosity is call to be generous)
     B. Every encounter is an opportunity)
VI. Conclusion: A new tradition? (2 Cor. 8:4)


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