Passage: 2 Corinthians 8:7-9, 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
I. GRACE ABOUNDING TO US
From God’s fullness we receive grace upon grace.
II. GRACE ABOUNDING IN US
From our fullness, grace overflows to others.
III. GRACE ABOUNDING THROUGH US
Generosity is the hallmark of Christians.
- What does “grace abounding to you” mean? The original lie of the serpent in the garden was, 'God is not good. He’s stingy. He’s holding out on you. He wants to keep you down.' Paul says, God is loving and generous. So, what is God really like? Think about your life. What do you really believe God is like? (Do you live as if God is stingy or generous? Give a personal example.)
- What does “grace abounding in you” mean? Do you live as if there is a scarcity of resources at your disposal? Do you live from a place of emptiness or fullness? Even if you feel empty, God is able to make you abound. How?
- What does “grace abounding through you” mean? In this series, we’re going to be talking about generosity. Before we go any further – what is one area of your life you already know you need to be more generous in with your time, talents, and treasures? (Specifically, treasures. This is a series on money.)
- We struggle with generosity because of unbelief – either pride or fear. Which is it for you? How is your faith in Jesus making you more humble and less afraid? Where do you need a greater faith? (Where do pride and fear remain?)