Grace-Centered Giving

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Grace-centered Giving

2 Corinthians 8:1-9
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  1. Read 2 Corinthians 8-9 (also Romans 15:25-27, 1 Corinthians 16:1-4) to get a full context on the specific need Paul is teaching about. What does this teach us about how Christians should give?
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  2. Why is responding to grace received more of an effective motivation than guilt is in being a generous giver?
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  3. Why do we feel like we need more money in order to be a more generous giver?  Why is gracious giving more about our joy in Christ and understanding His grace than how much money we have?
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  4. Why do we feel like we have to hoard our resources during times of affliction and poverty?  How does Paul challenge that in this passage?
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  5. Why are we not eager to give generously? Memorize 2 Corinthians 8:9.
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  6. Reflect on how much you spend on helping poor believers and the advancement of the gospel compared in relation to how much you have.  How can more wealth make unnecessary things “necessary?”
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  7. Spend some time reflecting on the richness of Christ (Isaiah 9:6,Micah 5:2, Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:3, John 8:58 and 10:30), how He became poor (John 1:14, Luke 9:58, Mark 10:45, Romans 8:3, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 4:4, Philippians 2:5-8), so that we could become rich with spiritual blessings (Romans 8, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 1:3-14 and 2:4-10, 1 Peter 1:3-4).  How is a deeper understanding of this a motivation for generous, grace-centered giving?
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  8. In what ways can you sacrifice your normal giving patterns and traditions to free up your resources to give generously to those in need and the advancement of the gospel during this Christmas season?