[WHY GIVING MATTERS] 2 Corinthians 9.6-14 10.07.2018
CFA | Pastor Tracy Cook
2 Corinthians 9.6-14 ESV
6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 9 As it is written,
“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”
10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 13 By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, 14 while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you.
- GIVING MAKES SCENTS
Leviticus 23.18 ESV18 … a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
Ephesians 5.2 ESV2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
- GIVING MAKES CENTS
Malachi 3.10 ESV10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.
- GIVING MAKES SENSE
15% of Jesus’ recorded words in scripture deal with money and possessions – more than he addressed the subjects of heaven and hell combined.
Matthew 6.19-21 ESV
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Randy Alcorn’s Treasure Principle: “You can’t take it with you – but you can send it on ahead.”