Unit 33: 5
A Cheerful Giver
Paul had written a letter (1 Corinthians) addressing several sins that were being tolerated in the church at Corinth. The letter had been a risk. The Corinthians may have rejected Paul, but they did not. Paul wrote 2 Corinthians to celebrate what God had done in the church and to call on them for help. The church in Jerusalem was in desperate need of help, so Paul was collecting money from the other churches on their behalf. Paul encouraged the Corinthians to be generous. He told them about the churches in Macedonia. Macedonia was an area north of Corinth. The Christians there were suffering, and they did not have a lot of wealth. Nevertheless, they had joy and gave as much as they could to help others. Paul encouraged the believers at Corinth to give too. Giving is one way we can show we love God. God is generous to us, so we can be generous to others. Jesus was rich; He had glory and honor in heaven. But He gave that up and became poor by coming to earth to help sinners. Jesus did this so that we, who had nothing, could become rich. Now we have salvation and eternal life in Jesus. As a result, Paul wanted the Corinthians to give generously and joyfully, out of gratitude for what God has done. Your kids may feel like the churches in Macedonia who had little to give, but encourage them the same way Paul encouraged the church in Corinth. It is not the amount that we give that glorifies God—it is our level of generosity and joy when we give. Caution kids not to give out of duty but out of gratitude. God loves a cheerful giver. Help kids find ways they can give—whether time or money or talents—to advance the work of the gospel in your city, your nation, and the world.
Christ Connection: God has been merciful and generous to us. He gave us the greatest gift—His own Son. Jesus showed us what generosity looks like when He gave up His life to save us from sin. Because of Jesus, we can be merciful and generous to others.
2 Corinthians 5:17
BIG PICTURE QUESTION
Q: Who changes us? A: God changes us to be like Jesus
1. What church did Paul write his letter to? (the Corinthian church)
2. What did Paul encourage the Corinthian church to do? (Give money to those in need, 2 Cor. 9:7)
3. What kind of giver did Paul say God loves? (a cheerful giver, 2 Cor. 9:7)
4. Who changes us? The Holy Spirit changes us to be like Jesus for God’s glory.
5. What does this story teach me about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or the gospel?
6. What does the story teach me about myself?
7. Are there any commands in this story to obey? How are they for God’s glory and my good?
8. Are there any promises in this story to remember? How do they help me trust and love God?
9. How does this story help me to live on mission better?Back