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May 7, 2022 Sermon Notes and Questions

May 8 Notes and Questions

If Money Could Talk

Week 3, “Are You a Liberal or a Conservative?

2 Corinthians 8:1-12 to 9:1-15

Justin Scarberry



Message Notes:

Opportunity Cost: 

-Something is worth what you must give up to get it.


Paul wrote a letter(s) to the Corinthian church to correct some issues and to unify the church.

Giving to the church in Jerusalem was a unifying step.

GRACE-God’s Riches at Christ’s expense








Grace- (Thayer’s)

Kindness which bestows upon one what he or she has not deserved



2 Corinthians 8:2-4

In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.


2 Corinthians 8:5

And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.



“He scattered abroad, he gave to the poor, His righteousness endures forever.”

You need to decide in your heart what you are going to give


The key in everything you ever do for God’s Kingdom is

to give yourself first of all to the Lord.


Our thought process changes from “What do I want?” to “What does God want from me?”


Grace Living goes hand in hand with Grace Giving


Are you sowing sparingly (conservatively) or generously (liberally)?


We are not under the law in our giving, God wants you to give back from what He’s already given you cheerfully, without reluctance and not forced.




It’s not ours…


James 1:17

 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.





  1. Give yourself first to the Lord (Ref 2 Cor. 8:5)
  2. Reaping is based on what you decide to sow (Ref. 2 Cor. 9:6
  3. Arranged giving (ref. 1 Cor. 16:2)
  4. Cheerfully give (ref 2 Cor. 9:7)
  5. Everyone decides on their own how much to give (Ref. 2 Cor. 9:7)
  6. Faithfully give (Ref. 2 Cor. 9:12)
  7. Under no compulsion (Ref. 2 Cor. 9:7)
  8. Liberally give (Ref. 2 Cor. 9:7)

  1. Read Galatians 6:7, how can we mock God?  Explain sowing and reaping.
  2. Is giving usually seen as a form of worship by Christians?  Why or why not
  3. Explain what the acronym GRACE (God’s riches at Christ’s expense) means to you.  How would you explain grace to a non-believer?
  4. Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, have you ever been in a tight place financially and had to decide between offering to the church and paying a bill?  Does God always provide for us regardless of the circumstances?
  5. What does it mean when Paul says the church in Macedonia first “They gave themselves first of all to the Lord?   How do we give ourselves to the Lord?  What are some changes that have to be made to do it?
  6. Read 2 Corinthians 8:8-12, who do we become rich through Jesus’ poverty?  Are you rich?  Why or why not?
  7. Read 2 Corinthians 9:5-9, what are some examples of giving reluctantly or under compulsion?  Have you at times been a cheerful giver?  Discuss the differences between cheerfully giving and reluctantly giving.
  8. Describe some things you know about heaven.  How often do you think about heaven?  Does the thought of heaven typically change anything we do while still apart from Jesus?
  9. Does realizing there is a heaven that all true believers will spend an eternity in put in perspective the “stuff” of this world?  Why or why not?
  10. For self-reflection: Are you a liberal or a conservative when it comes to building God’s Kingdom?