The following are my notes of Ed Gravely’s lecture at SEBTS on 2 Corinthians 8-9.
1. Giving is a spiritual / theological endeavor. (2 Cor. 8:8-10)
This is the most important principle. Giving is gospel-centered. Paul calls us to consider the example of Jesus’ generosity and give all of himself to us.
We need to be careful to connect material blessing with generosity. We cannot “out give” God because of how much God gave us with sending his son Jesus.
2. Giving takes discipline and commitment. (2 Cor. 8:10-11)
It takes discipline to follow through on their desires. It takes discipline to give and Christians will always put us one or two steps behind the culture in our finances. For example, if you tithe you will be at least one step behind those who do not give 10% of their salary away.
(See comments below about the context of the chapters.)
3. Giving should be in proportion to your abundance. (2 Cor. 8:12-15)
It would be foolish to give in such a way that you do not have any money yourself that now other church members would need to help you.
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The following is my notes of Jamie Dunlop’s message on giving at Capitol Hill Baptist Church given on Sunday, June 10, 2012.
Why We Should Give
The bible talks a lot about money and giving and it tells us that it reveals what is in our hearts.
“For where your treasure is there your heart is also.”
We always give out of our spiritual abundance. When we gladly rid ourselves of temporal things it shows how much more valuable Christ is.
This is why Jesus told that parable about the man who sold everything he had with great joy.
There is also great joy in knowing what your money is going to do. Did you know that tonight you could give more money to spread gospel work?
By the way, we are doing well financially as a church and so I am not asking or more money because we need to meet budget or something.
If you talk to more mature Christians you will notice how much they give and love to give.
So, if giving is such a joyful thing then why is often an area that involves guilt?
Here are 4 ways people go wrong with money: