Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-12 I love to read and watch movies. After a while you can tell the good ones from the bad ones. There are so many keys to good writing. A good novelist and screenwriter know to grab you from the beginning, the set up is crucial. They know by giving you enough background they will pull you into the story. Today, we will lay some groundwork on giving by defining it, laying out some New Testament truths about giving, and review the four statements from the message we will be discussing throughout the week. Giving is a verb. It is an action word. It means to freely transfer the possession of something to someone else. There is no maximum or minimum listed for giving. There is no frequency mentioned. We are to give what we can when we can and it may not always be money. This truth should be liberating and encouraging. Paul lays out four truths about giving in 2 Corinthians 8. They are foundational truths of the New Testament. First, in verses 1 and 6, it is of grace. Grace is something we do not deserve. When we give, it might be to those not deserving. Secondly, verse 2 tells us it can be experienced in poverty. The third truth is in verse 4; it is a form of fellowship. Lastly, in verse 5, giving is preceded by a dedication of oneself. C3 is built around four Core Values found in Acts 2:4227. One of our values is: “We are Relentless – Saved People Serve People. We need to be generous with our time, talent and treasure”. Not everyone can give the same way. We know this because nowhere in Scripture will you find giving is 100% about money. Need proof? Look at verse 5. In the middle of discussing giving he tells us, “…they gave of themselves first…”. Finally, we will spend this week considering our mentality toward money and finance. Trent uses the word MORE to talk about our mentality. Our mentality too often is Maintain, Optional, Reluctance, and Entitled. Trent shows us God’s plan for us is Multiply, Obedient, Relationship, and Entrusted. Reflect How much do you give? What do you givetime, talent, treasure? What do you know about giving? If you know something about giving does it line up with Paul’s teaching in 2 Corinthians 8? What can you improve and what can you build? Pray As you pray ask God to speak to your mind and to your heart about giving. Ask Him to show you the proper motivation in giving. Ask Him to remind you what God through Jesus Christ gave us. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:
- What was the best part of your day?
- What was the toughest part of your day?
- Where did you mess up today?
- Where did you see God today?