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Giving Away What You Cannot Keep (2 Corinthians 8:1-7) - 2/9/20

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You have heard the phrase before: “He is no fool who gives away that which he cannot keep in order to gain that which he cannot lose!” - Jim Elliott


What is it that you cannot keep? _________ ___________

- Key Verse: Luke 12:16-21

- Prov. 11:4; Eccl. 2:18-22; 5:14-16; 1 Tim. 6:7; Matt. 6:19-21; Job 27:13-23)


What is it that you cannot lose? ____ ________ ____ ____!

- Key Verse: Luke 12:22-34

- Phil. 4:10-19; Gen. 48:15; Prov. 3:9-10; 11:24-26; Mal. 3:8-10; 2 Cor. 9:8-11; 1 Tim. 6:17


Four Keys from the Macedonian Churches to help us excel in our giving (2 Cor. 8):


I. They Gave out of Their AFFLICTION (vv. 1-2)

A. A Great Trial of Affliction.

B. Deep Poverty.


II. They Gave out of Their ABUNDANCE (vv. 1-2)

A. They Abounded in Joy.

B. They Abounded in the Riches of Their Liberality.


They knew how rich they were! Do you? Here is how to tell - Add up all you have that _______ cannot buy and _________ can’t take away - that is the measure of true riches!


III. They Gave Beyond Their ABILITY (vv. 3-4)

A. The Free Willingness of their Giving

- Very important point: There was no ___________ !

B. The Fellowship of their Giving


IV. They Gave Based on Their ALLEGIANCE (vv. 5-7)

A. LORDSHIP - FIRST, They Gave Themselves to Christ

B. LEADERSHIP - They Gave Themselves to other Christians

C. LIBERTY - They Understood the Principle of Grace Giving


Ponder these thoughts:

1. Get Your Heart Right - 2 Cor. 9:6-11

2. Remember God’s Gift to You - 2 Cor. 9:15

3. Don’t Steal from God - Mal. 3:8-10

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