Integrity in Generosity
Topic: AM Service Passage: 2 Corinthians 8:16–8:24
Giving is a difficult subject to discuss in the Christian Church because far too often, those who are entrusted with what is given prove dishonest. It is a scandal for the cause of Christ when organizations and individuals seek to use the generosity of believers for their own enrichment. If we think that this is merely a 21st-century phenomenon, we are wrong. Paul had to deal with this issue in his ministry; a significant cause of the difficulty between him and the Corinthians was the accusation by Paul’s opponents that he was deceitful with offering funds. While we may regret that Paul was subject to such attacks, they do provide the ground for the Holy Spirit to educate us on the topic of handling the giving of God’s people. Paul clarifies that it is just as important to have “Integrity in Generosity” (2 Corinthians 8:16-24) as it is to have generosity itself.
A. God-Given Passion
B. Ready to Act
A. For the Risk
A. Of Our Integrity
B. Of Our Love
Questions for consideration: (1) Why is it important that those who are in charge of giving in the Church be passionate about giving? (2) What are the most important characteristics of those who are in charge of giving? Why? (3) What does giving say about our view of other believers?