Articles XIX & XX: Of Missions and Of the Grace of Giving

II Corinthians 8:1-9

These last two articles of faith are somewhat different that the previous eighteen we have looked at. These simply contain a collection of Scripture verses with very little comment. I believe that the two are connected because there can be no mission work accomplished through the local church apart from our faithfulness to give financially that others might hear the gospel. There are many passages of Scripture to which we could turn to find truths about the grace of giving. Many myths exist in believers' minds concerning giving. Tonight, I want us to consider a somewhat familiar passage of Scripture and see some principles that we can learn concerning giving.

Note: 2 Corinthians 8:1-9

I. One's ability to give is NOT dependent upon the size of their bank account.

II. God's giving to us is often directly proportionate to our giving.

III. All true giving begins with the giving of ourselves. v5

IV. What we give proves how much we love.

Conclusion: Consider these principles again:

We believe that God's Word commands us to take the Gospel to all the world. Our outreach in missions is only limited by our giving. Our giving is only limited by our faith and obedience to God's Word! Tonight, have you received God's gift of eternal life through His Son Jesus? You can receive Christ tonight! Come now and someone will show you from God's Word how you can know for sure that you have eternal life. Believers, we have received the priceless gift of eternal life, what are we doing with it? Are we sharing it with others? Are we giving that others might know Christ? How much do we love the Lord?