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2 Corinthians 8:1-9 – “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test.

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2 2 Corinthians 8:1-9 – “We want you to know, brothers, 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 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

3 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—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. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”

4 The Giving Example of the Macedonians: 1.Give Yourself to the Lord 2.Give the Tithe to the Lord 3.Consider what God would have you give to Missions

5 The Macedonian Church gave To their power and Beyond their power, how could they give like that? V.5 – They first gave Themselves to the Lord

6 The Macedonian Church gave To their power and Beyond their power, how could they give like that? V.6 – Paul turns his attention to the church of Corinth  Every problem is a Heart problem Tithing Witnessing Faithful in church Attendance Bible Reading Prayer

7 The Macedonian Church gave To their power and Beyond their power, how could they give like that? V.7 – Titus talks about the good things the Corinthians had going for them  He commends their Faith, utterance, Knowledge, diligence, and Love  You have all these good graces… Do you have a place in your heart to add this Grace of Giving?

8 The Macedonian Church gave To their power and Beyond their power, how could they give like that? V.8 – Titus: “I speak not by commandment”  Paul shared the Need with the Macedonians and they gave from the Heart  “You don’t Have to give, but it does prove the Sincerity of your love”  Love is not a Feeling, Love is What you do

9 The Macedonian Church gave To their power and Beyond their power, how could they give like that? V.8 – Titus: “I speak not by commandment”  What does giving have to do with love? II Corinthians 8:9 – “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”

10 The Macedonian Church gave To their power and Beyond their power, how could they give like that? V.8 – Titus: “I speak not by commandment”  What does giving have to do with love? Galatians 2:20 – “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.”

11 The Macedonian Church gave To their power and Beyond their power, how could they give like that? V.8 – Titus: “I speak not by commandment”  What does giving have to do with love? Ephesians 5:25 – “Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”

12 The Macedonian Church gave To their power and Beyond their power, how could they give like that? V.8 – Titus: “I speak not by commandment”  What does giving have to do with love?  Love is Proved by giving John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son”

13 The Macedonian Church gave To their power and Beyond their power, how could they give like that? V.8 – Titus: “I speak not by commandment”  Do you love God? You don’t love God if you won’t Live for Him You don’t love God if you won’t Witness for Him You don’t love God if you won’t read His Word You don’t love God if you won’t Pray

14 II Corinthians 9:7 – “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” What is your attitude in giving?


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