07/21/21 THE WORD
Scripture: II Corinthians 9
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READ and STUDY the WORD
II Corinthians 9:1-15 (WEB) It is indeed unnecessary for me to write to you concerning the service to the saints, 2 for I know your readiness, of which I boast on your behalf to those of Macedonia, that Achaia has been prepared for the past year. Your zeal has stirred up very many of them. 3 But I have sent the brothers that our boasting on your behalf may not be in vain in this respect, that, just as I said, you may be prepared, 4 lest by any means, if anyone from Macedonia comes there with me and finds you unprepared, we (to say nothing of you) would be disappointed in this confident boasting. 5 I thought it necessary therefore to entreat the brothers that they would go before to you and arrange ahead of time the generous gift that you promised before, that the same might be ready as a matter of generosity, and not of greediness. 6 Remember this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Let each man give according as he has determined in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that you, always having all sufficiency in everything, may abound to every good work. 9 As it is written, “He has scattered abroad. He has given to the poor. His righteousness remains forever.” 10 Now may he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, supply and multiply your seed for sowing, and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 you being enriched in everything to all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us. 12 For this service of giving that you perform not only makes up for lack among the saints, but abounds also through much giving of thanks to God, 13 seeing that through the proof given by this service, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the Good News of Christ and for the generosity of your contribution to them and to all, 14 while they themselves also, with supplication on your behalf, yearn for you by reason of the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Now thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift!
Questions and Answers:
1. Why did Paul say it was unnecessary for him to write the believers in Achaia about their service to the saints (II Corinthians 9:1-2)? Paul said he knew of the Achaia believers’ readiness to help. And their zeal had stirred up many of them.
2. What was Paul’s reason then for sending the brothers (II Corinthians 9:3-5)? To be sure their boasting wasn’t in vain and that the Achaia believers were prepared.
3. What did Paul say about the one who reaped and sowed (II Corinthians 9:6)? Paul said he who sowed sparingly would also reap sparingly. And he who sowed bountifully would also reap bountifully.
4. How should each man give (II Corinthians 9:7a)? Each man should give according to what he had determined in his heart. He should not give grudgingly or under compulsion.
5. Why should this be the attitude of the giver (II Corinthians 9:7b-8)? God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to the giver, so that in all things at all times, having all that they need, they will abound in every good work.
6. Who scattered aboard, to whom did He scatter, and what was the results (II Corinthians 9:9)? God scatters aboard to the poor. His righteousness remains forever.
7. What was Paul asking of the One who supplies the seed and what would be the results (II Corinthians 9:10-11)? Paul was asking the One who supplied the seed, to supply and multiply the seed to be sown and increase the fruits of their righteousness.
8. What were the results of the believers’ giving (II Corinthians 9:12-15)? Through their giving they were helping others, enriching themselves, expressing thanks to God and others were praising God.
HEAR the WORD
II Corinthians 9:15 (WEB) 12 For this service of giving that you perform not only makes up for lack among the saints, but abounds also through much giving of thanks to God, 13 seeing that through the proof given by this service, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the Good News of Christ and for the generosity of your contribution to them and to all, 14 while they themselves also, with supplication on your behalf, yearn for you by reason of the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Now thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift!
MEDITATE on the WORD
Ponder the above verses. What is God’s unspeakable gift?
MEMORIZE the WORD
II Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
LOVE and LIVE the WORD
Trust God to provide what you need.
TEACH and SHARE the WORD
Encourage others to trust God for what they need.
PRAY the WORD
Lord, I pray we will be eager to help others when they are in need (II Corinthians 9:2). Lord, I pray we will sow generously into the lives of those around us (II Corinthian 9:6). Lord, I pray we will be cheerful givers (II Corinthians 9:7). Lord, I pray we will not only supply the needs of Your people but they will overflow with expressions of thanks to You (II Corinthians 9:12). Lord thank You for Your gift of the gospel that led us to salvation (II Corinthians 9:15). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.
“May you and I always remember God’s gift to us.” <>< Dona