Are You Shortchanging God and Others - Part 2

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Continuing the lesson from the morning we focus on the question itself - can we give too much of ourselves and go within the doctrine of Christ to the opinions that Christians differ over.

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Are You Shortchanging God and Others - Part 2

  1. 1. Opinions – Can We Give Too Much of Ourselves? <ul><li>Facts before opinions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God did not judge the widow (Lk. 21:1ff) or the impoverished brethren in Macedonia (2 Cor. 8:1-5) for their selflessness (or the potential need that they would be in for others to “bail them out”). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God also told the rich: to be rich in good works; generous and ready to share. 1 Tim. 6:17-19; Lk. 18:25 </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Opinions – Can We Give Too Much of Ourselves? <ul><li>Answering the question: can we give too much of ourselves. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Such is answered by individuals limited only by their own faith. 2 Cor. 9:6-11 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What one person thinks is “too much” another believes they have more to offer. cp. 2 Cor. 8:3-5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>That is why some are able to give out of their poverty and out of their abundance. Lk. 21:1-4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you are ready to give….it is acceptable (to God) with what you have (not what you don’t have). 2 Cor. 8:12 </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Conclusion <ul><li>Some may have learned how poor they are at biblically giving and realize they have been shortchanging God and others in need: repent and give glory to God! </li></ul><ul><li>Whatever our maturity of faith, may we ever strive to become more like our Master who “gave all” to become ‘poor’ so that we could become (eternally) rich in/through Him. </li></ul>

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