I Want In!

I Want In!

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2 Corinthians 8:4
They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem

  • I WANT IN!
    • Almost half of Jesus message are preoccupied with the subject we want to control: money
      • In Mark 12 a poor widow gave out of generosity
    • The generosity of God is unprecedented, with His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds
      • He gives rest when we are weary
      • He gives peace when we are fearful
      • He gives joy when we are sad
      • He gives comfort when we are sorrowful
      • He gives forgiveness when we are guilty
      • 2 Corinthians 8:1 (NLT)Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia
    • Paul sums up the motivation behind the generosity
      • 2 Corinthians 2:1a We want you to know, brothers, about the Grace of God that the been given…
      • He’s celebrating the stirring of Grace

2 Corinthians 8:7
But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also

  • Real generosity begins at the doorstep of grace
    • One of the attributes of GRACE is a generous spirit
    • God is not just the of God meeting people’s spiritual needs but he is also concerned about meeting people’s existential needs
      • In doing this he will stir GRACE in the hearts of his people
    • The churches of Macedonia show us that it’s possible to be overwhelmed with the burden of looking out for poor people
      • This same burden is on the Tim & Carrie!
      • 16 years of MAKING…IT’s ALL ABOUT PEOPLE
    • Once you show people how to give, you’ve now shown them how to live

2 Corinthians 8:2
They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity

  • Your excuse shouldn’t be your excuse for blessing others
    • One of the attributes of GRACE is a generous spirit
    • 2 Corinthians 8:2 that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality
    • Don’t allow your circumstances to define your richness
    • The Corinthian church decided regardless of their economical status WE WANT IN!
    • They possessed…
      • The Heart of Conviction
        • We treat our convictions like an upset stomach…
          • >>>IT’LL PASS>>>
        • 2 Corinthians 8:5 They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do
      • The Heart of Compassion
        • Nick Voicic an evangelist born in Australia with no arms and no legs
        • Nick says, “If God can use a man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet, then He will certainly use any willing heart!”
      • Heart of Fervency
        • 2 Corinthians 8:4 They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem
        • Every time God let’s you give an offering you should
        • Acts 20:35 And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
    • WHY OUTRAGEOUS GENEROSITY?
      • It Honors God
      • It Blesses Others
      • It Feels Great
      • It Comes Back