2 Corinthians Chapter 9

July 28, 2012

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 2 Corinthians. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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You might find it interesting that the NT uses an interesting Greek word to express the idea of giving. The word is “koinonia” which means sharing. Just as we are to share our lives in community, we are to be looking for ways to share with others, this is where the idea of radical hospitality and radical generosity are founded.

2 Corinthians 9:1-15 (NIV)
1 There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the saints. 2 For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action. 3 But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be. 4 For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we–not to say anything about you–would be ashamed of having been so confident. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given. 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, 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 in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written: “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

2 Corinthians 9:1-11

Sowing and reaping. You reap what you sow. This is a significant Kingdom of God principle that I want to talk about with you. This is not a promise that if you give $10 you will get $100 in return. This is about the economy of God and it is an affirmation of God’s ability to out give His people.

v 8 “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

Knowing that God is the One who takes care of you will free you from the fear produced by the spirit of poverty, which is the idea that you have to hang on tightly to everything or things won’t get taken care of. If it is going to be then it is up to me. You cannot experience the freedom of the grace of giving if you are consumed by the spirit of poverty.

With this in mind Paul writes in v 7 that “each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

The concept of sowing and reaping extends into every area of our lives, not just our giving. It is a great principle for helping to learn how to live by doing the next right thing. If you sow into things that you shouldn’t do, then you will reap consequences that will hopefully teach you to stop sowing into those things. If you sow into trying to do the next right thing, you should reap the blessings of a life walking with God.

2 Corinthians 9:12-15

Grace giving has some amazing outcomes. It supplies the needs of God’s people. It makes us more thankful and encourages us. It allows us to see the faithfulness of God, who is able to provide for us as we bless others with what He has provided for us.

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