Great Chapters: 2 Corinthians 8 and 9

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.

2 thoughts on “Great Chapters: 2 Corinthians 8 and 9

  1. From the selected verses I am reminded that
    -all we have comes from God.
    -God and Christ are generous with their grace.
    -God blesses abundantly
    -Generosity begets generosity
    -Generosity not only supplies for needs but is an opportunity to glorify God and show thankfulness for all God does for us.

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  2. Paul knows how to influence human behavior. He does an excellent job organizing his letter so that he gives the Corinthians no way around not completing the task they committed to the year before. Paul has a unique ability to think ahead as to what arguments might be used by the individual to get out of this task. He begins this section of the letter by praising another group for their accomplishments (engaging those who are motivated by others), then he flatters the Corinthians by praising them for what they are good at (engaging those who are motivated through positive praise or wanting to make Paul proud) and finally pulls out the metaphorical “big gun” and concludes by comparing their act of giving to Jesus’ final gift to us (motivating by example and
    Paul then continues on to appeal to those who might worry about being burdened through giving, he appeals to those who might question the men who will gather their gift giving (v20-24). Paul concludes by giving them a model of the behavior he wants from them so that they have a framework to guide them and us.

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