2 Corinthians 1:1,6 -- Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness,"made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

2 Corinthians 8 Commentary of the Bible

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Guidelines on Giving  ( 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 )  Sunday Message

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Chapters 8 and 9 of Second Corinthians are all about Christian giving -- not tight-fisted, miserly, grudging giving, or wild, spendthrift, careless giving, but true, generous, gracious, abundant, what Paul calls "hilarious" giving. The amazing thing is that Paul does this all in two chapters without once mentioning money! So we are not going to talk about money, but we are going to talk about giving. He begins Chapter 8 with an example of giving he ran into when he was in Macedonia.

Content in Self-forgetful Serving  ( 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 )  Conference Session

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Grace And Giving  ( 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 )  Daily Devotion

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Giving Joyfully  ( 2 Corinthians 8:16-9:15 )  Daily Devotion

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)

Giving Joyfully  ( 2 Corinthians 8:16 - 9:15 )  Sunday Message

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We looked at some of the great examples of giving in Chapter 8 of Second Corinthians last week. There was the giving of those poverty-stricken Macedonians who gave beyond their means, out of their deep, desperate poverty. Then there was the incredibly rich giving of Jesus, who gave everything up and became poor that we might be rendered incredibly rich. What wonderful examples of giving from two ends of the scale -- from the poor who had nothing to give and yet gave, and from the very richest of all who gave all that he had that we might be rich.

To Live in Joy — Ch 6: The Joy Way  ( 2 Corinthians 8:2-5 )  Online Book

Joy is associated with living; it is not an abstract theory, but a valid option to despair. It is not the absence of sorrow, stress, and difficulties. Rather, it is enlarged and enhanced by such circumstances. It is not dependent upon comfort or compatibility. Since Christian joy is a product of Christ's love, it is marked by love's characteristics, It endures the same kind of obstacles, survives the same kind of threats.

That You Might Be Rich  ( 2 Corinthians 8:9 )  Sunday Message

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The central passage on giving in the New Testament is the eighth and ninth chapters of Second Corinthians. The subject is dealt with in a wealth of practical detail. And in the midst of the eighth chapter in the very heart of this treatment of giving and as the chief example of what Paul is talking about, he sets before us the pattern gift. In Verse 9 Paul says,

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though be was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9 RSV)

Blessing Without Measure  ( 2 Cor 8:9-15, 9:1-15 )  Sunday Message

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In previous messages of this series we have stood together under the searchlight or our Lord's own words about possessions. We have listened as he has put the matter into proper perspective, and he has highlighted the continual choice that we must make between things and deeds, treasures on earth and treasures in heaven, between the passing and the permanent, between waste and worth.