Sermon Recap | Cheerful Generosity

In 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Paul invites the Corinthian church to experience the thrill of God’s grace by participating in the act of generous giving. Prior to this passage, Paul addresses the Corinthian church’s reluctance to give by drawing their attention to the grace of God in Jesus Christ, who “though he was rich, yet for our sake he became poor, so that [they] by his poverty might become rich.” In providing this gentle reminder about their previous eagerness and promise to participate in this offering, Paul quickly turns his attention to the actual practice of giving from a generous and joy-filled spirit. Here, Paul demonstrates a pastoral and passionate zeal for the Corinthians to sow bountifully so that they might have the invigorating experience of reaping bountifully. And, by the grace of God, the Corinthian church was reported to have responded by giving generously and cheerfully in Romans 15:25-26. Verse 15 of our passage concludes with an appropriate response in light of our giving, “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”