We’re working through some random thoughts and topics for the next few Wednesday nights in the Teens of Faith. We just finished up the Gender Series and are heading toward a Baptist Series, but in between the two we’re sprinkling in some random filler messages that I’m REALLY excited about!
Last night’s message was a little bit like drinking water out of a fire hose! We did a quick exposition of 2 Cor. 8-9 and talked about giving; we want to be preparing for Faith Promise Commitment Sunday this weekend. Well, in this passage Paul’s talking about the grace of giving in the sense that it’s not about how little or how much you give (in terms of “dollar” amounts), it’s about the heart.
The Teens of Faith will definitely NOT be the Sunday school class that pays off our building debt! We’re NOT expecting a whole lot from their $8 annual salaries! (Don’t we all wish the Teens of Faith would hand out handfuls of Ben Franklins though?)
But… the fact is, whatever is considered “sowing bountifully” for each individual person (2 Cor. 9:6) is all God asks of you. “Bountiful” is not a dollar amount… it’s more of a proportion. Anyone truly giving bountifully out of an abounding heart of love for what God has done (2 Cor. 8:2, 8-9) will want to give. That’s the FAITH part.
The PROMISE part is basically from 2 Cor. 9:7, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give…” And the COMMITMENT part is what we do as a practical application to help “prove the sincerity of your love.” (2 Cor. 8:8)
I almost felt carnal in teaching the message, but if you really dive into the study yourself and think of just the word abound, you’ll find that God wants to give you so much that it’s spilling over! What a cool principle! I want to get in on that cycle. 2 Cor. 9:8-13… 1.) God abundantly blesses. (abundance, enriched) 2.) Our hearts our filled with gratitude and generosity. (thanksgiving, bountifulness) 3.) We desire to give to others. (bountifulness, administration, ministration, liberal distribution) 4.) God and the gospel are glorified. And the cycle starts all over again.
It starts with knowing everything you have is already God’s, and he LETS us be blessed in this way. You show me a joyful person and I’ll show you a giving person (2 Cor. 8:2). This Sunday, lets all purpose to know God’s will and get in on that cycle.
The next few Wednesdays hold some really exciting times as we’ll be introducing some ways to be involved at church and in others’ lives. Further, we’ll be encouraging and teaching mostly on humble service, and the lessons will be on a few different topics relating to that thought. Without giving it away I’ll leave it at that… but I can’t wait till next week! Until then… have a great day!