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he Favor Of Taking Part

2 Corinthians Chapter Eight


THROWING LIGHT IN 2013

You can ask, we can help!”


  1. In 2013, what does it mean to take part?

  2. In 2013, what does it mean to be taking part in an act of grace?

  3. In 2013, what doe it mean to be appointed by the churches?

  4. In 2013, what does it mean to be messengers of the churches?


Encouragement to Give Generously

1 We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, 4 begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints5 and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. 6 Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. 7 But as you excel …

  1. in everything—

  2. in faith,

  3. in speech,

  4. in knowledge,

  5. in all earnestness, and

  6. in our love for you—see that you excel

  7. in this act of grace also.

8 I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. 10 And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. 11 So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. 12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. 13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness 14 your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. 15 As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”

Commendation of Titus

16 But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. 17 For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. 18 With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel. 19 And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will. 20 We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, 21 for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man. 22 And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you. 23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ. 24 So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men.

Conclusions – in 2013

V. 4 begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints

Lexicon Results

Strong's G5485 - charis

χάρις

Outline of Biblical Usage

1) grace

a) that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech

2) good will, loving-kindness, favour

a) of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues

3) what is due to grace

a) the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace

b) the token or proof of grace, benefit

1) a gift of grace

2) benefit, bounty

4) thanks, (for benefits, services, favours), recompense, reward


[View this word in Trench's Synonyms here.]

Authorized Version (KJV) Translation Count — Total: 156


V. 19 And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us

Lexicon Results

Strong's G5500 - cheirotoneō

χειροτονέω

Outline of Biblical Usage

1) to vote by stretching out the hand

2) to create or appoint by vote: one to have charge of some office or duty

3) to elect, create, appoint


Authorized Version (KJV) Translation Count — Total: 4

V. 23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ.

Lexicon Results

Strong's G652 - apostolos

ἀπόστολος

Outline of Biblical Usage

1) a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders

a) specifically applied to the twelve apostles of Christ

b) in a broader sense applied to other eminent Christian teachers

1) of Barnabas

2) of Timothy and Silvanus


Authorized Version (KJV) Translation Count — Total: 81

V. 24 So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men.

Lexicon Results

Strong's G1732 - endeixis

ἔνδειξις

Outline of Biblical Usage

1) demonstration, proof

a) manifestation made by act

b) sign, evidence


Authorized Version (KJV) Translation Count — Total: 4


The Favor Of Taking Part


THROWING LIGHT IN 2013

You can ask, we can help!”


Pastor Rev. C.E. Stephen Coates

Message Given: Thursday February 7th, 2013

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Email pastorsteveonthego@hotmail.com


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