Work Your Plan
2 Corinthians 9:6-13
John R. Wible
3/30/2014
1John R. Wible, 2014
American Philanthropy
• 2/3 of American families give to charity
• However, against income, it averages 4%
• Worldwide, Am...
3/30/2014
John R. Wible, 2014 3
Jesus’ Giving
• Q: How much do you think Jesus gave to
the “church?”
• It depends on which “church” you are
talking about....
Review
• The Power of Giving
• The Process of Giving
• The Plan for Giving Worked out
• Paul collecting from the Corinthia...
3/30/2014
John R. Wible, 2014 6
BEATING A DEAD HORSE!
The Point - Generosity
• The Passage for Giving 2 Cor. 9:6-13
• Jesus taught giving as a key to our spiritual
well-being
•...
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
6 Remember this: The person who sows
sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the
person who sows gener...
An Agricultural Theme
• Paul says those who give generously
would profit most from their giving
• Two point about this:
– ...
2 Cor. 9:8-9
When we give generously, we never need to
fear being in need
8 And God is able to make every grace overflow
t...
What’s it all about, Alfie?
3/30/2014
John R. Wible, 2014 11
Q: Is this
passage more
about:
•Resources,
•Trust, or
•Owners...
Everything You Need?
Q: God’s supply for everything His people
need is for the purpose of our excelling “in
every good wor...
What It’s Really About
Use – Doug Olive
Use things and love people or
Use people and love things?
Reason - Francis Schaeff...
Chaos, Worry, and
3/30/2014
John R. Wible, 2014 14
3/30/2014
John R. Wible, 2014 15
Insanity!
How Much is Enough?
Q: Does our society that reflect these to
perverted and unattainable values of
personal peace and affl...
All You Need?
3/30/2014
John R. Wible, 2014 17
Sr. Batista Masayoshi Son
-35.3 billion! -76.6 billion!
LOST!
Kings, Princes, Emperors, and
Absolute Monarchs
3/30/2014
John R. Wible, 2014 18
Powerful and Secure Politicians
3/30/2014
John R. Wible, 2014 19
Even Men of the Cloth
3/30/2014
John R. Wible, 2014 20
Peace and Affluence – Really?
Q: What do all these men have in common
besides great personal wealth, power or
personal pea...
The Source of All Things
2 Corinthians 9:10-11
10 Now the One who provides seed for the
sower and bread for food will prov...
Abraham and Isaac
3/30/2014
John R. Wible, 2014 23
God is the One Who: (P. 62)
• Provides the seed for the sower.
• Provides bread for food.
• Will provide resources for you...
Generosity Multiplies
“It’s what you sow that multiplies, not what
you keep in the barn.”
– Adrian Rogers
3/30/2014
John R...
2 Corinthians 9:12-13
• 12 For the ministry of this service is not
only supplying the needs of the saints, but
is also ove...
Generosity Multiplies
• Generosity supplies the needs of the saints.
• Generosity expresses thanks to God.
• Generosity co...
Generosity
• The Point: “Our generous giving should
glorify God and reflect Christ’s giving.”
• “It's not how much we give...
Generosity
• The Point: “Our generous giving should
glorify God and reflect Christ’s giving.”
• “It's not how much we give...
Let’s Pray About it!
3/23/2014
John R. Wible, 2014 30
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  1. 1. Work Your Plan 2 Corinthians 9:6-13 John R. Wible 3/30/2014 1John R. Wible, 2014
  2. 2. American Philanthropy • 2/3 of American families give to charity • However, against income, it averages 4% • Worldwide, America ranks 13th. – No. 1 and No. 2 rankings were Myanmar (85%) and the United Kingdom (76 %) • US Churchgoers average 3% giving to their church. • We talk a good game, but . . . 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 2
  3. 3. 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 3
  4. 4. Jesus’ Giving • Q: How much do you think Jesus gave to the “church?” • It depends on which “church” you are talking about. • His first church was the temple and I’ll bet He gave a tithe. • However, for His “other church,” He, like the widow with the mite, gave all He had. 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 4
  5. 5. Review • The Power of Giving • The Process of Giving • The Plan for Giving Worked out • Paul collecting from the Corinthians promised gifts for Jerusalem Believers • Yes, this lesson may be described as . . . 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 5
  6. 6. 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 6 BEATING A DEAD HORSE!
  7. 7. The Point - Generosity • The Passage for Giving 2 Cor. 9:6-13 • Jesus taught giving as a key to our spiritual well-being • Generosity demonstrated by a Christian draws the world to Christ • The Point: “Our generous giving should glorify God and reflect Christ’s giving” 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 7
  8. 8. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 6 Remember this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not reluctantly or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver. 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 8
  9. 9. An Agricultural Theme • Paul says those who give generously would profit most from their giving • Two point about this: – An Undeniable Principle – An Inescapable Reality. • Q: What do the sections on p. p. 58-59 say about sowing and reaping generously and cheerful giving? 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 9
  10. 10. 2 Cor. 9:8-9 When we give generously, we never need to fear being in need 8 And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work. 9 As it is written: He scattered; He gave to the poor; His righteousness endures forever. 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 10
  11. 11. What’s it all about, Alfie? 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 11 Q: Is this passage more about: •Resources, •Trust, or •Ownership? Q: What does it mean that God’s grace will overflow into “everything you need?”
  12. 12. Everything You Need? Q: God’s supply for everything His people need is for the purpose of our excelling “in every good work” (v. 8) • Comfort and ease not intended, rather • It is so we will have all we need to do what He calls us to do. • It is not to make us independent or self- sufficient so we can take from one another. 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 12
  13. 13. What It’s Really About Use – Doug Olive Use things and love people or Use people and love things? Reason - Francis Schaeffer. We traded our virtues for two: –Personal peace, and –Affluence 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 13
  14. 14. Chaos, Worry, and 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 14
  15. 15. 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 15 Insanity!
  16. 16. How Much is Enough? Q: Does our society that reflect these to perverted and unattainable values of personal peace and affluence? Q: How much money and/or power needed to feel totally secure and have complete personal peace and affluence? 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 16
  17. 17. All You Need? 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 17 Sr. Batista Masayoshi Son -35.3 billion! -76.6 billion! LOST!
  18. 18. Kings, Princes, Emperors, and Absolute Monarchs 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 18
  19. 19. Powerful and Secure Politicians 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 19
  20. 20. Even Men of the Cloth 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 20
  21. 21. Peace and Affluence – Really? Q: What do all these men have in common besides great personal wealth, power or personal peace? Q: What do all these status have in common Q: If all we can really “keep” for eternity is that which we send ahead, is it not then logical to give as generously as we can? “If you are to keep your life, you must lose it” 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 21
  22. 22. The Source of All Things 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 10 Now the One who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us. 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 22
  23. 23. Abraham and Isaac 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 23
  24. 24. God is the One Who: (P. 62) • Provides the seed for the sower. • Provides bread for food. • Will provide resources for you to give. • Will multiply what you give. • Will enrich your life in every way because of your generosity. • Is worthy of our thanksgiving for all He has given us. 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 24
  25. 25. Generosity Multiplies “It’s what you sow that multiplies, not what you keep in the barn.” – Adrian Rogers 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 25
  26. 26. 2 Corinthians 9:12-13 • 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God. • 13 They will glorify God for your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with others through the proof provided by this service. 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 26
  27. 27. Generosity Multiplies • Generosity supplies the needs of the saints. • Generosity expresses thanks to God. • Generosity confesses the gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone. . . . Q: How is each of these true? Q: How does your generous giving communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ? 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 27
  28. 28. Generosity • The Point: “Our generous giving should glorify God and reflect Christ’s giving.” • “It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa, Saint of Calcutta. • “No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 28
  29. 29. Generosity • The Point: “Our generous giving should glorify God and reflect Christ’s giving.” • “It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa, Saint of Calcutta. • “No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank 3/30/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 29
  30. 30. Let’s Pray About it! 3/23/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 30
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