"excel in this grace of giving" (2 Cor. 8:7)

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Preach 2 Corinthians!

The Jerusalem offering was part of Paul's apostolic ministry, a sacrament of unity, obedience and grace and in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 Paul teaches on giving as the overflow of grace. This preaching series is accompanied by a small-group study, liturgical materials and sermon reflections by Bishop John Packer from the diocese of Ripon and Leeds.
Paul's relationship with the church at Corinth was tense and money was one of the issues. Working for his living, Paul would not accept the customary support from a wealthy patron, and false teachers alleged financial misdoing. So when enthusiasm in Corinth for the Jerusalem offering stalled, we can understand why Paul does not press the issue. Instead, he writes two full chapters! Avoiding the Greek word for 'money', Paul uses some 15 other words, including 'charis', grace, to teach financial giving. Giving is the sign, seal and sacrament of the grace of Christ himself. For Paul, the issue it is not just money but grace; not just need but faithful obedience.