This week, Senior Pastor Parkey Cobern teaches part 8 of “A Study of 2nd Corinthians,” delving into the first of many book studies taking place this year. For the eighth part, Pastor Parkey continues to take a look at giving and receiving as addressed in 2 Corinthians 7-9. We oftentimes face circumstances that make us feel we can not adequately give, and so we don’t. However, we know these truths from the scriptures; Christian giving is evidenced of grace and love, even while in a position of poverty. It is an act of worship to God because we take what is most valuable to us and we sacrifice it to the Lord, because it’s all His to begin with, and we can trust Him to take care of us in any circumstances that we face!
Some things we read in chapter 9 of 2 Corinthians is firstly, we reap in proportion to what we sow. Proverbs 11 also claims that holding tight to riches leads to poverty, while spreading and watering leads to growth and flourishment. An important thing to remember here is that God loves a cheerful giver! If you are giving out of spite rather than love, it is all for nothing. We need to give without malice, and depend upon God’s abilities over our own! The same “dunamis” power of God that saves, raises, heals, and delivers, also fully operates in our finances! Supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God!
2 Corinthians 9:1-15
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The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are …