A Study on Biblical Giving
II Corinthians 8-9


The Scriptures are full of passages relating to money, with most of these verses devoted to the subject of Biblical giving. The Bible repeatedly condemns greed and encourages generosity. Here is a brief study on a few of those passages:



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II Corinthians chapters 8 & 9 contain the most detailed passage on giving in the New Testament. The apostle Paul addressed the topic because false teachers in Corinth were questioning his motives in ministry, possibly even accusing him of skimming money from the "poor box". After defending his integrity (1:2), Paul directs the rich Corinthian church back toward generosity in this beautiful summary on biblical giving. He used the Macedonian churches as a prime example, poor though they were, of how and why believers should give: joyfully, freely, despite poverty and affliction, and as a privilege. "We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 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. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints." II Corinthians 8:1-4




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