Thanks Be to God
2 Corinthians 8:16-24
2 Corinthians 8:16-24 | Thanks be to God
Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe
v16 - THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE GIFT
v17-23 - THE DELEGATION
v24 - THE INSTRUCTION
2 Corinthians 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
2 Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.
2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
… if they speak well of you, do not let them have cause to retract their holy boasting, and to say with tears “I was deceived in these people.” If any have brought you to Christ, be an honour to them and to the gospel that they preach, because, dear friends, the world turns round, and however retired a minister may be, yet worldlings are sure to throw the inconsistencies of his people in his teeth. They say “That is one of So-and-so’s people: see how he acts;” and our ministry is hindered and our hearts are grieved whenever those who profess to have been brought to Christ walk unworthily. Show us a proof of the love you often express to us as your servants in Christ Jesus, by endeavouring so to walk that when we give in our account we may do it with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable to you.
Celebration Song List
CELEBRATE Who God Is
How Great is Our God
How Great Thou Art
CONNECT Our Need for Christ
His Mercy is More
COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion
CONTRIBUTION of Praise
All I Have is Christ
Read 2 Corinthians 8:16. The passage begins with the words “thanks be to God.” Consider the vital role thanksgiving has played throughout 2 Corinthians (see 2 Corinthians 1:3, 2:14, 9:15 and James 1:17). What does Paul give God thanks for Titus’ heart?
2 Corinthians 8:17-23 is all about a three man delegation Paul is sending to deliver the letter of 2 Corinthians and to finish the collection for the saints in Jerusalem. What do you observe about this delegation and its makeup? Why does Paul send this delegation?
In 2 Corinthians 8:24 concludes this passage with the instruction to “give proof … of your love.” Why is it important to show love to those who serve in ministry? How might the Corinthians show this love?
In light of this passage it seems that the gospel minister has an obligation for integrity, the church has an obligation of love and the whole body (ministers and congregation) have an obligation of thanks to God. How might this play out among us at CrossPointe Coast?