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Ken Green - July 26, 2015

Grace-Giving

Grace-giving means responsible stewardship. Here Paul continues with the same exhortation to the Corinthians and sets the life and ministry of Jesus as the model that we all should follow.  Participating in the grace of giving should not be a command and cannot be forced on anyone.  But with the right motivation, our hearts and minds can be set free to give generously and freely.  And this motivation is found in what Jesus did for all of us: although He was rich, He became poor so that we might become rich. In what ways did Jesus become poor for your sake? In what ways have you become rich in Christ? In what ways can giving express the freedom of the Gospel? How can one best understand Paul’s statement: “The goal is equality” (v. 14)?

Scripture References: 2 Corinthians 8:8-15

From Series: "Generous Living"

Each summer we at Prince of Peace go “back to basics” as we take a fresh look at our relationship with our loving God and how that shapes our lives in this world. This summer as we go back to basics we consider the topic, “Generous Living.” God our Father has given great and wonderful gifts to His children. He is the most generous Giver, giving even His Son, Jesus Christ for us. All blessings ultimately come to us through Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and man. As God’s people, we learn that God’s design is that we neither hide nor hoard any of the gifts we have freely received from Him. Rather, God invites and calls us to share His gifts with those around us. Our willingness to share what God has given us with others becomes an expression of our gratitude, all flowing from grateful hearts shaped by God’s grace.

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