"Giving Ourselves Away - The How" - July 15, 2018

STUDY QUESTIONS

  1. In preparation before we examine 2 Cor. 9 let's quickly look at the context of this passage.  In Chapter 8 starting with verse 2 through verse 6 - what can we learn about those to whom Paul was writing.  Who are they?  What were they like?  What do they seem to already know about giving themselves away? 
  2. In 2 Cor. 8:9 in what way do these believers have Christ attitude in them?  Check out Phil. 2: 1- 8. 
  3. Explain what 2 Cor. 8: 12 means. Is there a principle within this verse and if so what is it?  How does this apply to the idea of giving ourselves away? 
  4. Now looking at 2 Corinthians 9: 6 why do you think Paul would use an agricultural principle to describe giving?  What is the truth being described here? 
  5. In what way could the "covetousness" that Paul warns about in verse 5 affect the way the sower would sow his seed? 
  6. What does it mean that each one must do as he has purposed in his heart?  Why do you think he did not say "as he can afford"?  See question #3. 
  7. In what way does giving grudgingly and under compulsion fit better with covetousness than it does with a "cheerful giver"? 
  8. What does a cheerful giver look like and why is that God loves those who cheerfully give?  Remember what you discovered in Phil. 2 about the attitude that was in Christ. 
  9. According to verse 8 what is God able to do and why is it important that we know this, especially if we have purposed in our hearts to give ourselves away? 
  10. Link verse 8 with verse 10 and 11.  Who is it that provides seed for the sower?  In what way is the truth contained in these two verses a provision for all who have a heart to give?  What is the promise? 
  11.  According to 2 Corinthians 9: 11 – 15 what is the result of trusting God and using what He has given us to give?  In what way does giving ourselves away bring glory to God? 
  12. In what way does giving ourselves away become a proof of who we are in Christ and our confession of the gospel of Christ?  Consider Matt. 5: 16. 
  13. What have you learned about how God would have you "give yourself away"?  What are His promises to you and what are you planning to do with them as you live out your life to His glory this coming week?  Month?  Year? 
Benjamin Steiner