2 Corinthians 9:12 The Concept of Christian Generosity

2 Corinthians 9:12 (KJV)
For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;

The concept of generosity. Giving, and giving abundantly, – even sacrificially – is such a fundamental principle in the Bible, we can hardly overstate it.

Paul says of the offering being taken that it
Supplied the want of the needs of the saints
Practically speaking, a need was met through the gift. I think of the missionaries’ offerings or the church’s tithes. The ministries would not exist without the generous and faithful, often sacrificial giving of the people of God.

Produced thanksgivings unto God.
We acknowledge the generosity of the giver, but the praise, gratitude, and thanksgiving go up to God.

Resulted in our Lord being glorified
Which is the most important thing any one of us can do in this life. Let all things be done to the glory of the Lord.

Responded with prayer being offered on behalf of the giver
No gift, given to God, goes unrewarded. What better payment in return for the generosity of a believer than that believer then receiving the prayers of those whose needs have been met?

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2 Corinthians 9:12 The Concept of Christian Generosity

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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