What We Work For
2 Corinthians 8:1-9
John R. Wible
3/16/2014
1John R. Wible, 2014
Money Makes the World Go ‘Round
3/16/2014
John R. Wible, 2014 2
The Point 2 Cor. 8:1-9
• Support God’s kingdom work with
your income
• Saving is a good thing, but why save?
– Our needs?
...
A Big Challenge
• Managing money is one of our biggest
challenges
• The older we get, the more we are
tempted to hoard stu...
That Means More than Change
3/16/2014
John R. Wible, 2014 5
Review
• Good Work – work is a gift not a curse
• We should work as unto the Lord
• Today, giving out of the proceeds of o...
The Setting
• Macedonian churches collecting for Church
in Jerusalem
• This was of great importance to Paul
– Jerusalem wa...
The Macedonian Churches
Five universal characteristics:
1. Known widely for the authenticity and
sincerity of their faith....
The Macedonian Churches
(Continued)
4. Generous response to the needs of
Jewish Christians in Jerusalem
5. Gratitude Maced...
Greece – Achaia and Macedonia
3/16/2014
John R. Wible, 2014 10
Macedonian Giving
• They gave “of themselves”
• Two Macedonians were given to the work
of the Word
– Aristarchus of Thessa...
Paul’s Persuasion
To persuade the Corinthians, Paul uses five
techniques:
1. Example of others (Macedonians)
2. Example of...
Why Poverty in Jerusalem?
• Famine prophesied
• After conversion Jews in Jerusalem would
have been ostracized
• The "exper...
Why Poverty in Jerusalem?
• As the mother-church of Christendom, the
Jerusalem church was obliged to support a
proportiona...
2 Corinthians 8:1-2
1 We want you to know, brothers, about the
grace of God granted to the churches of
Macedonia:
2 During...
Key Words
• Wealth (page 34) generosity was more than
earthly possessions
• Grace (See page 35) The power that ignited
the...
Meeting God’s Challenge
Q: If you are to meet the challenge of
supporting God’s kingdom, what is it
going to take?
We can ...
Where is Your Heart?
Just asking . . .
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John R. Wible, 2014 18
2 Corinthians 8:3-5
3 I testify that, on their own, according to
their ability and beyond their ability,
4 they begged us ...
2 Corinthians 8:6-7
• 6 So we urged Titus that just as he had
begun, so he should also complete this
grace to you.
• 7 Now...
Macedonians’ Desire to Give
• “[B]eyond their ability” (v. 3)
• “[B]egged for the privilege”
Q: Would you use those words ...
A Burden?
Why do we sometimes see sharing as a burden not a
privilege?
• See pp. 37-38, note especially points 1, 2, and 3...
Something to Think About
Managing our finances as we age is
challenging, but renewing our minds
by focusing on the immeasu...
2 Corinthians 8:8-9
8 I am not saying this as a command. Rather,
by means of the diligence of others, I am
testing the gen...
Church Giving
See statistics on page 39.
• 1968 – 3.11% (not really good)
• 2009 – 2.38% (decline)
• Read v. 8, “I am test...
A Comment
• We can never become the givers God
desires us to be by feeling guilty or simply
trying harder in our own stren...
A Question
• What can we change in our community if
we, as a group, give generously?
• Look at the activity “Obstacles to
...
Live it Out
• The Point: “Support God’s kingdom work
with your income.”
• Which application is God speaking to you
about?
...
Let’s Pray About it!
2/16/2014
John R. Wible, 2014 29
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  1. 1. What We Work For 2 Corinthians 8:1-9 John R. Wible 3/16/2014 1John R. Wible, 2014
  2. 2. Money Makes the World Go ‘Round 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 2
  3. 3. The Point 2 Cor. 8:1-9 • Support God’s kingdom work with your income • Saving is a good thing, but why save? – Our needs? – Others needs? – A rainy day? • Is our security in the money? • On what do you enjoy spending? (P. 32) 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 3
  4. 4. A Big Challenge • Managing money is one of our biggest challenges • The older we get, the more we are tempted to hoard stuff, including money • Why is that? Is that sin? • Is it worse than our younger, venal sins? • Paul challenges us to excel in the grace of giving in order to advance God’s kingdom 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 4
  5. 5. That Means More than Change 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 5
  6. 6. Review • Good Work – work is a gift not a curse • We should work as unto the Lord • Today, giving out of the proceeds of our work, IE. •TITHING 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 6
  7. 7. The Setting • Macedonian churches collecting for Church in Jerusalem • This was of great importance to Paul – Jerusalem was poor, but – Gentiles needed to be seen as caring • The Church at Corinth was to participate, but needed encouragement • Paul uses other Macedonian churches as an example of giving out of poverty 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 7
  8. 8. The Macedonian Churches Five universal characteristics: 1. Known widely for the authenticity and sincerity of their faith. 2. Reputation for the diversity of their membership and leadership. 3. Out of their eagerness to understand, they were still susceptible to false teachings that could lead them astray (Continued) 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 8
  9. 9. The Macedonian Churches (Continued) 4. Generous response to the needs of Jewish Christians in Jerusalem 5. Gratitude Macedonian Christians had for Paul, their founding pastor and most faithful friend 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 9
  10. 10. Greece – Achaia and Macedonia 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 10
  11. 11. Macedonian Giving • They gave “of themselves” • Two Macedonians were given to the work of the Word – Aristarchus of Thessalonica probably became Paul’s slave (Barclay) – Epaphroditus brought the give from Philippi with Paul in prison and nearly died 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 11
  12. 12. Paul’s Persuasion To persuade the Corinthians, Paul uses five techniques: 1. Example of others (Macedonians) 2. Example of Jesus Christ 3. He cites their own past record 4. Stresses the necessity of putting fine feeling into fine action 5. Life has a way of evening things up 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 12
  13. 13. Why Poverty in Jerusalem? • Famine prophesied • After conversion Jews in Jerusalem would have been ostracized • The "experiment in community sharing“ aggravated their poverty. • Food shortages in Palestine because of overpopulation caused the famine of A.D. 46 in the time of Emperor Claudius (Continued.) 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 13
  14. 14. Why Poverty in Jerusalem? • As the mother-church of Christendom, the Jerusalem church was obliged to support a proportionately large number of teachers and probably to provide hospitality for frequent Christian visitors to the holy city. • Jews in Palestine were subject to a crippling twofold taxation--Jewish and Roman. 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 14
  15. 15. 2 Corinthians 8:1-2 1 We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God granted to the churches of Macedonia: 2 During a severe testing by affliction, their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed into the wealth of their generosity. 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 15
  16. 16. Key Words • Wealth (page 34) generosity was more than earthly possessions • Grace (See page 35) The power that ignited the Macedonian Generosity • Read Bullets on Page 35 – Generosity is a lifestyle that gives freely. – A right heart results in open hands. • Read page 35, “Whether our …” • The most generous person? Why? 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 16
  17. 17. Meeting God’s Challenge Q: If you are to meet the challenge of supporting God’s kingdom, what is it going to take? We can only do so when our hearts are right.” 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 17
  18. 18. Where is Your Heart? Just asking . . . 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 18
  19. 19. 2 Corinthians 8:3-5 3 I testify that, on their own, according to their ability and beyond their ability, 4 they begged us insistently for the privilege of sharing in the ministry to the saints, 5 and not just as we had hoped. Instead, they gave themselves especially to the Lord, then to us by God’s will. (continue) 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 19
  20. 20. 2 Corinthians 8:6-7 • 6 So we urged Titus that just as he had begun, so he should also complete this grace to you. • 7 Now as you excel in everything—faith, speech, knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love for us—excel also in this grace. 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 20
  21. 21. Macedonians’ Desire to Give • “[B]eyond their ability” (v. 3) • “[B]egged for the privilege” Q: Would you use those words to describe your feelings when you hear the call for a “special offering?” • Father Gillhooly and the special offerings • Note verse 5 and our transformation to “good soil” 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 21
  22. 22. A Burden? Why do we sometimes see sharing as a burden not a privilege? • See pp. 37-38, note especially points 1, 2, and 3: 1. Willingly. They gave voluntarily to God’s work and His people. 2. Sacrificially. With all they had, they met the needs of others. 3. Supremely. With an overflowing heart, they excelled in giving. Q: What were the ways the Macedonians offered themselves to others? Q: How could we give generously when income is fixed or uncertain? 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 22
  23. 23. Something to Think About Managing our finances as we age is challenging, but renewing our minds by focusing on the immeasurable gift displayed on the cross of Christ can empower us to have open hearts instead of grasping hearts Q: How do you respond to that? 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 23
  24. 24. 2 Corinthians 8:8-9 8 I am not saying this as a command. Rather, by means of the diligence of others, I am testing the genuineness of your love. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ: Though He was rich, for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich. 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 24
  25. 25. Church Giving See statistics on page 39. • 1968 – 3.11% (not really good) • 2009 – 2.38% (decline) • Read v. 8, “I am testing the genuineness of your love.” Q: What would God say about the genuineness of our love for Him and other people based upon these statistics? 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 25
  26. 26. A Comment • We can never become the givers God desires us to be by feeling guilty or simply trying harder in our own strength. • Our fallen human nature fights against us. • Keeping Christ’s ultimate act of generosity before our minds and trusting in the of the gospel begins to transform our grasping hearts into giving hearts. 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 26
  27. 27. A Question • What can we change in our community if we, as a group, give generously? • Look at the activity “Obstacles to Generous Giving” (BOOK, p. 41), how would you responded? 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 27
  28. 28. Live it Out • The Point: “Support God’s kingdom work with your income.” • Which application is God speaking to you about? • While we have breath, the Holy Spirit is still in the heart transformation business. • As our hearts are transformed, they open up, and we become the givers God intends for us to be. 3/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 28
  29. 29. Let’s Pray About it! 2/16/2014 John R. Wible, 2014 29

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