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March 4, 2018

Sermon: Generosity: From Dependence

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Scripture Lesson

Exodus 16:14-20; 2 Corinthians 8:12-15

When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, ‘What is it?’ For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, ‘It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: “Gather as much of it as each of you needs, an omer to a person according to the number of persons, all providing for those in their own tents.” ’ The Israelites did so, some gathering more, some less. But when they measured it with an omer, those who gathered much had nothing over, and those who gathered little had no shortage; they gathered as much as each of them needed. And Moses said to them, ‘Let no one leave any of it over until morning.’ But they did not listen to Moses; some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and became foul. And Moses was angry with them.

For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have. I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written, ‘The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Generosity: From Dependence
Exodus 16:14-20; 2 Corinthians 8:12-15

I. Introduction: Peanuts
II. Series: Generosity (2 Corinthians 8-9)
     A. Paul’s collection for Jerusalem
     B. Encouraging generosity
III. Paul’s instructions on giving (2 Cor. 8:12-15; Ex. 16:14-20)
     A. Paul’s strategies
         1. “Fair balance” (8:13-14, twice)
         2. Quotes Ex. 16:18 (8:15)
         3. How do we get to the “fair balance”?
     B. A closer look at the Exodus story
         1. The Israelites complain (16:2)
         2. God provides manna (16:14)
         3. Take what you need, not more (16:16)
         4. Depend on God (16:18)
         5. Some don’t depend on God (16:20)
     C. For “daily bread” they should depend on
         1. God (8:15; 16:18)
         2. One another (8:14)
     D. Dependence
         1. Yields the “fair balance” (8:13-14)
         2. Allows generosity
IV. Applying Paul’s instructions
     A. Ever not be generous because of scarcity?
     B. For “daily bread” on whom do we depend?
     C. For “daily bread” depend on
         1. God
         2. One another
     D. Dependence allows generosity
V. Conclusion: Gertrude “Biddy” Chambers (1884-1966)


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