Sermon Notes

The Rev. Tennyson C. Shifley           October 11, 2015

2 Corinithians 9:6-8

 Uncommon Life: Giving


I. Giving generously.

A. Jesus talks more about _________ than about __________.

B. OT warnings!

C. Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth


II. Why give?

A. Selfish reasons

B. Genuine concern


III. What keeps us from living/giving generously?

A. Fear

B. Skepticism

C. Apathy—we don’t care about others

(Confirmands: What keeps you from giving generously?)


IV. Who taught you to give?

(Confirmands: Who do you know who demonstrates living/giving generously? What is it about them that demonstrates living/giving generously?)


V. What does living/giving generously look like?


VI. What does scripture say?

A. Jesus says…

B. Not giving reluctantly or under pressure

C. Giving cheerfully

D. God’s generous grace

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. (2 Cor. 9:8)

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. (2 Cor. 9:8)


VII. Our response

A. Support national charities

B. Support our own community

C. Columbia, SC


E. Support Christians around the globe

(Confirmands: What is the main point of the sermon?)