The Principles Of Giving That Paul Enunciates Essay
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1. Itemize four main principles of giving that Paul enunciates in 2 Cor. 8:1-15?
The principles that Paul enunciates are for giving are: (1) it should be sacrificial. Paul contrasts them to the Macedonian church—which gave even in extreme poverty, (2) Christians should surrender even themselves as a gift to God, (3) giving should be done with sincerity and gladness, and (4) giving ought to be proportionate to ones blessings. Those with excess should give more and in proportion to their wealth. In any case, giving should be sacrificial and prioritized.
2. Describe Paul’s strategy of boasting in 2 Cor. 10-13, in order to counteract the false apostles who have infiltrated the Corinthian church.
Here Paul critiques the “super-apostles” boastful attitude pointing out the illegitimacy of their claims. He then boasts of his own credentials in exquisite sarcastic mode, but spends most of his time “boasting” of his weakness. This may seem counterintuitive, but Paul’s point is that his tools and true strength are sourced from his spiritual reliance on the Lord and not on his own strength. And so, Paul’s weakness becomes a source of strength in the Lord and a reason for godly boasting. Paul also boasts about his numerous hardships—which the “super-apostles” just can’t match at all.
3. List several ways in which the modern evangelical church suffers from the triumphalism that characterized Corinth
Triumphalism is—for a church—to have an…