The Poverty of Christ: Our Riches
I. We Are Changed Into the Image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18).
II. Having Received Mercy, We Do not Quit (2 Corinthians 4:1-2).
III. Our Confidence is in the Work of Christ and His Word (2 Corinthians 5:6-11).
IV. The Most Important Time is… NOW (2 Corinthians 6:1-2; Exodus 3:13-15).
V. Our Motivation for Being Holy are the Promises of GOD (2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 John 3:2-3).
VI. In His Poverty We are Made Rich – His Poverty; Our Riches (2 Corinthians 8:7-9).
“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, ‘He hath dispersed abroad; He hath given to the poor: His righteousness remaineth for ever.’ Now He that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 (KJV)
Paul the apostle was sending a delegation to Corinth to pick up a promised donation to the Jerusalem Christians. He sent this message to thank them for their generosity; and to encourage them in their giving.
For the Christian giving is not a dread; it is a blessing. We are giving back to God recognizing our Blessers blessings. Every Christian is a giver. Every Christian should enjoy giving.
There are many places crying out for help, for money. Where should the Christian give. The main place should be to and through your local congregation. “God loves a cheerful giver.”