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Thanks Be To God

2 Corinthians Chapter Nine

THROWING LIGHT IN 2013

You can ask, we can help!”


What are you thankful for in 2013?

  1. Family?

  2. Health?

  3. Salvation?

  4. Ministry?

  5. Seed?

  6. Harvest?

  7. All Grace?

The Collection for Christians in Jerusalem

1 Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints, 2 for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal has stirred up most of them. 3 But I am sending the brothers so that our boasting about you may not prove empty in this matter, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be. 4 Otherwise, if some Macedonians come with me and find that you are not ready, we would be humiliated—to say nothing of you—for being so confident. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the gift you have promised, so that it may be ready as a willing gift, not as an exaction.

The Cheerful Giver

6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 9 As it is written,

He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;

his righteousness endures forever.”

10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 13 By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, 14 while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. 15 Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

Conclusions

V. 1 Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints

Lexicon Results

Strong's G1248 - diakonia

διακονία

Outline of Biblical Usage

1) service, ministering, esp. of those who execute the commands of others

2) of those who by the command of God proclaim and promote religion among men

a) of the office of Moses

b) of the office of the apostles and its administration

c) of the office of prophets, evangelists, elders etc.

3) the ministration of those who render to others the offices of Christian affection esp. those who help meet need by either collecting or distributing of charities

4) the office of the deacon in the church

5) the service of those who prepare and present food


Authorized Version (KJV) Translation Count — Total: 34


V. 2 And your zeal has stirred up most of them.

Lexicon Results

Strong's G2205 - zēlos

ζῆλος

Outline of Biblical Usage

1) excitement of mind, ardour, fervour of spirit

a) zeal, ardour in embracing, pursuing, defending anything

1) zeal in behalf of, for a person or thing

2) the fierceness of indignation, punitive zeal

b) an envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy


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

Authorized Version (KJV) Translation Count — Total: 17


V. 5 …so that it may be ready as a willing gift

Strong's G2092 - hetoimos

ἕτοιμος

Outline of Biblical Usage

1) prepare ready

a) of things

1) ready at hand

2) opportune, seasonable

b) of persons

1) ready prepared

a) to do something

b) to receive one coming


Authorized Version (KJV) Translation Count — Total: 17

10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 13 By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, 14 while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. 15 Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

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


Thanks Be To God


THROWING LIGHT IN 2013

You can ask, we can help!”


Pastor Rev. C. E. Stephen Coates

www.churchonthego.ca

pastorsteveonthego@hotmail.com


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