Where Your Treasure Is... Giving Is Good

Sermon from CCM Fallowfield

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This sermon was preached by Tim Simmonds at the Fallowfield site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 22nd January 2023.

BIBLE VERSES

 

This sermon was based on 2 Corinthians 8:1-8

Encouragement to Give Generously

8 We want you to know, brothers,[a] about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor[b] of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you[c]—see that you excel in this act of grace also.

I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine.

KEY POINTS

Give Yourself to God

• Paul used an example of the Macedonian church.
• Giving while experiencing extreme poverty.
• Everything belongs to God first.

Plan to Give

• Building finances around generosity.
• Planning to give, planning to be generous.

The Amount We Give Absolutely Matters

• God looks at our hearts no matter how much we give.
• Having faith, loving Jesus!

We Give With Faith for the Future

• Driven by guilt to give, or with hope, faith for generosity.
• Trust God will give to us.
• Proverbs 11:24-25

We Give Cheerfully

• Deciding to give from your heart.
• Giving cheerfully without reluctance or under compulsion.
“It is more blessed to give than to receive”.

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