Paul the Fundraiser
Paul had encouraged the Corinthians to participate in a collection for needy Christians in Jerusalem and they had agreed. Now they seem to be “dragging their feet” on following through with their promise. In these 2 chapters Paul is motivating them to complete what they said they would do. The situation is described in 1 Corinthians 16:1-4, Romans 15:25-28, and 2 Corinthians 9:1-5.
So, in these chapters Paul is encouraging the Christians at Corinth to give. We too can be guided in our giving by the things Paul said to the church at Corinth.
1. Early in chapter 8 Paul gives 2 examples as models of giving (verses 1 and 9) Who are they?
2. Much of chapter 8 deals with the men selected to collect and deliver the gifts. What does 8:20-21 teach that shows why these details are so important?
3. What principles about giving do you see in 9:6-7?
4. What does Paul assure the Corinthians of in 9:8-11?
5. What good things were happening because of the generous contributions being made? 9:12-14.
Motivating One Another To Give
Something interesting about this contribution. Paul uses the example of the Macedonians to motivate the Corinthians (2 Cor.8:1-5) and the example of the Corinthians to motivate the Macedonians (2 Cor.9:1-2). Consider how, in the area of giving especially, one person’s example can be a motivation to others.
Discuss these questions using the comments section below. We will also review this lesson Wednesday night September 16 at 7 pm on Facebook Live and Zoom.