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Perspective - A Generous Gospel

// posted Monday, Jun 29, 2015 by Scott Tubman

‘For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you, through His poverty might become rich.’ 2 Corinthans Ch 8:9 These words lie at the heart of Paul’s appeal to the Corinthians in Ch 8. It’s an appeal, not for more zeal in evangelism, but for greater generosity in their giving. Although we may feel awkward talking about money and God’s church in the same sentence, it seems neither Paul nor God Himself feel the same hesitation. For two chapters in the middle of his letter Paul discusses the special collection he was taking for the church in Jerusalem at great length. Yet at no point does he guilt trip the Corinthians or feel the need to apologise for asking in the first place. Paul simply reminds them that God is a generous God, and that Jesus Himself is a giver. Paul understood that what determines your willingness to give, is the kind of gospel you believe in.