October 13, 2013 Sermon Notes
Marks of a Disciple // Marked by Generosity
2 Corinthians 8:1-5
1. The model for generous giving.
A. Responsive – to human needs and work of the gospel (2 Corinthians 9:12-15)
B. Unconditional – through poverty and persecution (2 Corinthians 8:2)
C. Sacrificial – beyond what they could afford (2 Corinthians 8:3)
D. Willing – (2 Corinthians 8:4 and 2 Corinthians 9:7)
E. Submissive – to God and to the cause of the Gospel (2 Corinthians 8:5)
John Alexander’s Story
2. The method of generous giving.
A. Regular – on the first day of the week, Sunday, bring what you have set aside to give to the church so that the church can then give as God directs. (I Corinthians 16:2)
B. Local church (I Cor. 16:1) – Why the local church, first?
i. It’s leaders labor with the Word to shepherd souls (I Timothy 5:17-18, I Corinthians 9:3-12 and Hebrews 13:17)
ii. It’s resources meet needs and displays the Gospel
iii. It’s resources spread the gospel locally and globally: 18% of our 2014 budget is designated to spread the gospel locally and globally
C. All members (I Corinthians 16:2)
D. How much?
i. The tithe is not complying with a legalistic requirement, but honoring a principle established for the people of God
ii. In giving your “first-fruits,” demonstrate your response to God’s ownership and grace in you