Daniel Fast 2023

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Message Text

2 Corinthians 9:1-13

1 I really don’t need to write to you about this ministry of giving for the believers in Jerusalem. 2 For I know how eager you are to help, and I have been boasting to the churches in Macedonia that you in Greece were ready to send an offering a year ago. In fact, it was your enthusiasm that stirred up many of the Macedonian believers to begin giving. 3 But I am sending these brothers to be sure you really are ready, as I have been telling them, and that your money is all collected. I don’t want to be wrong in my boasting about you. 4 We would be embarrassed—not to mention your own embarrassment—if some Macedonian believers came with me and found that you weren’t ready after all I had told them! 5 So I thought I should send these brothers ahead of me to make sure the gift you promised is ready. But I want it to be a willing gift, not one given grudgingly. 6 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor.Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. 13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.

Message Notes

1. A generous church/life cannot be left to chance

Paul wanted a generous church and that doesn’t happen on accident

Paul wanted an UNCAGED church and that doesn’t happen on accident

You cannot leave GENEROSITY to chance

That’s like leaving good manners and work ethic to chance with your kids

2. GOD HAS A SYSTEM for releasing Kingdom Finances to generous people

God wants to reach a lost world. (Kingdom Work)

Kingdom work takes resources (Time & Money)

Once you decide to contribute to Kingdom Work, YOU enter the system

YOU DECIDE WHAT YOU GIVE, and YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW

3. A generous church/life gets more influence by meeting needs and increasing faith in others

Trickle down Kingdom Economics: The more you give, the more you will be given, and the more likely you’ll be to give; the more you take, the more that will be taken from you and the more likely you will be to take

Sacrificial giving inspires others to give the same way

Paul is saying that UNCAGED generosity is like domino effect in the Church

Connect Group Discussion Questions

  1. Why do you think Paul would teach on topic of generosity even when the Corinthians were already excited to give?
  2. How have you seen generosity in action in your own life?
  3. Why is intentionality so important when talking about living a generous life?
  4. Have you ever viewed tithing or giving offerings as participating in Kingdom Work?
  5. Why did Pastor Adam say that FAITH is the key that UNCAGES your generosity?
  6. Pastor Adam said that the secret to generosity is sacrifice. Why is it important to consistently re-evaluate your giving? Is it possible that giving 10% could loose its sacrificial edge?
  7. King David said that he would not offer sacrifices to the Lord that cost him nothing. Why is this such an important attitude to have when trying to be more generous?