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Sunday Sermon: The Grace of Giving

Text for the Sermon: 2 Corinthians 8

The bible teaches us that we are made in the image and likeness of God. God as his own standard for us has been very exemplary in his demands and expectations of us as Christians. 2 Corinthians 8 shows depicts what our attitude towards giving should be like. The Apostle Paul admonished that we grow in the grace of giving. To excel in the grace of giving, it is necessary to study the model of God (the greatest giver).

  • God is a sacrificial giver ( John 3:16a)
  • God is a generous giver ( 2 Chron. 11:12)
  • God is a liberal giver ( James 1:5)
  • God is a loving giver ( John 3:16)
  • God is a gracious giver ( Matthew 5)
  • To truly know Love, study God
  • God invests Love, even when there are no returns.

Characteristics of the Grace of Giving

    • It inspires sacrificial giving (2 Corr. 8: 2-3):
      • If you truly love God, you will give sacrificially of your own free will
    • It inspires Passionate giving (2 Corr 8:4)
      • The grace of giving applies to; your life, time, talent ( skills, ability) and treasure ( resources).
      • For any servant of God, passionate giving is the secret of success.
      • God is Incomprehensible to the human mind
      • We are recipients of all we do in the house of God
    • it inspires generous giving (2 Corr. 8:2) – Question: How generous are we with our giving?
    • It inspires committed giving
      • When you are engulfed in God’s grace, you give committedly
      • The people who give, give continually because they always have more
    • it inspires giving without excuse and murmuring
      • Give despite your situation
      • When you understand the purpose of giving, you will give all
      • It is more blessed to give than to receive
      • The joy of giving is more than that of receiving
      • The grace of giving flows from your relationship with God; get to know him more
      • To excel in the grace of giving, challenge your giving attitude
      • Study givers in the bible

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