According to St. Paul, Jesus said "it is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). Yet, many of us find giving hard to do and we find receiving embarrassing rather than a blessing. The former is a matter of trust and the latter an issue or pride. Yet in the main text (2 Corinthians 9:6-8) we find four principles related to giving:
- The principle of sowing and reaping
- The principle of giving for the right reason with the right attitude
- The principle of generosity
- The principle of contentment
At the coclusion of the sermon four key questions are asked to help us become cheerful givers.
Are you a generous and cheerful giver? Why or why not? Several quotes from Chip Ingram and Randy Alcorn are mentioned in the sermon, is one from Randy Alcorn: "The cheerfulness often comes during or after the act of obedience, not before it. So don't wait until you feel like giving - it could be a long wait! Just give and watch the joy follow."