Try Bible Gateway Plus free for 30 days. Nothing left over to the one with the most,Nothing lacking to the one with the least. As one psalmist puts it, He throws caution to the winds, giving to the needy in reckless abandon. This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. That’s why we’re sending another trusted friend along. They gave offerings of whatever they could—far more than they could afford!—pleading for the privilege of helping out in the relief of poor Christians. Paul urges his readers to excel in faith, utterance, knowledge and also in giving to God and others. But by bringing in the Macedonians' enthusiasm as a stimulus to your love, I am hoping to bring the best out of you. All of us! When the time comes, we'll be plenty ready to exchange exile for homecoming. I thank God for giving Titus the same devoted concern for you that I have. That’s why we’re sending another trusted friend along. commending to them the integrity and willingness of Titus, and those other brethren, who upon his request, exhortation, and commendation, were purposely come to them for this business. That’s what prompted us to ask Titus to bring the relief offering to your attention, so that what was so well begun could be finished up. 2 Fierce troubles came down on the people of those churches, … 2 Corinthians 8. Rich as he was, he gave it all away for us—in one stroke he became poor and we became rich. John Piper Apr 19, 2009 1 Share Sermon. As it is written. Your heart’s been in the right place all along. His right-living, right-giving ways. 1. Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial. THE MESSAGE 2 Corinthians 9:15. In Context Parallel Compare. Nothing left over to the one with the most. The heart regulates the hands. 8 I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him. He’s proved his dependability many times over, and carries on as energetically as the day he started. The trial exposed their true colors: They were incredibly happy, though desperately poor. At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Outline of 2nd Corinthians . Paul's defense - 2 Corinthians 10:1 - 12:21. We’ve been close associates in this work of serving you for a long time. As it turned … I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. (1-5) The example of the Macedonian Christians. The Offering. Dec 7, 1980. In the end you come out even. He was most considerate of how we felt, but his eagerness to go to you and help out with this relief offering is his own idea. Learn more. That’s what prompted us to ask Titus to bring the relief offering to your attention, so that what was so well begun could be finished up. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. It looks like you’re already subscribed to Bible Gateway Plus! The Offering 1-4Now, friends, I want to report on the surprising and generous ways in which God is working in the churches in Macedonia province. THE MESSAGE; 2 Corinthians; Chapter 8; Read the Bible THE MESSAGE 2 Corinthians 8:4. We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. What are the benefits of creating an account? Numbers 35:8 (Read all of Numbers 35) … 2 Corinthians 8:5. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by the same Spirit, 2 Corinthians 9:8 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. This isn’t so others can take it easy while you sweat it out. Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. What explains it was that they had first given themselves unreservedly to God and to us. The Message; 2 Corinthians 8 ... 2 Corinthians 8. The brothers who travel with him are delegates from churches, a real credit to Christ. Rich as he was, he gave it all away for us—in one stroke he became poor and we became rich. If I acted crazy, I did it for God; if I acted overly serious, I did it for you. I was there and saw it for myself. Excel in Giving is the main theme of this passage in 2 Corinthians 8:1-15. The Contemporary Parallel New Testament with KJV, NIV, NKJV, NASB, and more! 1-3 Will you put up with a little foolish aside from me? You may think I overstate the authority he gave me, but I’m not backing off. Chapter 8. The other giving simply flowed out of the purposes of God working in their lives. 10-20 So here’s what I think: The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale. The thing that has me so upset is that I care about you so much—this is the passion of God burning inside me! Christmas Joy Vs. the Kirchensteuer. 8 Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks in the path are going to stop us? The Message. You are familiar with the generosity of our Master, Jesus Christ. Show them what you’re made of, the love I’ve been talking up in the churches. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving. Author: 2 Corinthians 1:1 identifies the author of the Book of 2 Corinthians as the apostle Paul, possibly along with Timothy. 8-11 God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. The next step is to choose a monthly or yearly subscription, and then enter your payment information. Show them what you’re made of, the love I’ve been talking up in the churches. Message Slimline Bible--soft leather-look, brown/tan. We’re sending a companion along with him, someone very popular in the churches for his preaching of the Message. We just thought it would make you feel good, proud even, that we’re on your side and not just nice to your face as so many people are. To manage your subscription, visit your Bible Gateway account settings. The pressure triggered something totally unexpected: an outpouring of pure and generous gifts. Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. You can cancel anytime during the trial period. The trial exposed their true colors: They were incredibly happy, though desperately poor. John Piper Dec 7, 1980 7 Shares Sermon. 13 1-4 Well, this is my third visit coming up. We've been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we're not demoralized; we're not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we've b... Read verse in The Message Bible The Message Bible, Dusty Rose Floral Large Print Leather-Look, Message Slimline Bible--soft leather-look, brown/tan, NIV and The Message Side-by-Side Bible, Two Bible Versions Together for Study and Comparison, Large Print. 2 Fierce troubles came down on the people of those churches, pushing them to the very limit. I thank God for giving Titus the same devoted concern for you that I have. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. He’s rock-solid trustworthy. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on 2 Corinthians 8. Browse Sermons on 2 Corinthians 8. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. 5-7 This was totally spontaneous, entirely their own idea, and caught us completely off guard. This verse is not available in the MSG! It was so bad we didn’t think we were going to make it. Conclusion - 2 Corinthians 13:1-14. The other giving simply flowed out of the purposes of God working in their lives. What explains it was that they had first given themselves unreservedly to God and to us. 23-24 I don’t need to say anything further about Titus. This verse is not available in the MSG! 8 1-4 Now, friends, I want to report on the surprising and generous ways in which God is working in the churches in Macedonia province. 2 Corinthians 4:8-18 As it is, there's not much chance of that. 8-9 I’m not trying to order you around against your will. Let them see it for themselves! Pseudo-Servants of God. Nothing lacking to the one with the least. NIV & The Message Parallel Study Bible Personal Size, Italian Duo-Tone, Dark Caramel/Black Cherry, The Message Large-Print Deluxe Gift Bible--soft leather-look, green, The Message Gift and Award Bible, Imitation Leather, Burgundy, The Message Deluxe Gift Bible--soft leather-look, crosshatch denim. 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 7 You do so well in so many things - you trust God, you're articulate, you're insightful, you're passionate, you love us - now, do your best in this, too.