According to 2 Corinthians 9:2, Paul was writing to Christians “in _______________.”
In Paul’s time, Greece was governed by the Romans and divided into two provinces, Achaia and Macedonia. Corinth was the capital of Achaia.
Paul starts 2 Corinthians 9:1 by mentioning “this service to the saints.” According to Romans 15:25-27, what was “this service”?
Also from Romans 15:25-27, answer the following questions:
Were the Christians in Achaia and Macedonia Jewish or Gentile?
Were the recipients of the offering Jewish or Gentile?
What type of blessing had the Jewish believers bestowed upon the Gentile believers, spiritual or material?
Were the Gentile Christians repaying their Jewish brethren with spiritual or material blessings?
Go back through the main part of the devotion (the image), reading the notes in the margins beside the text. Make note of any thoughts or any verses that stir your heart and tell why.
Make a list of things for which you are thankful. Spend some time in prayer thanking God for these blessings.
You might send a “Thank You” card or note to someone you feel particularly thankful to have in your life.
You might use the things you wrote down in the meditation section, things for which you are thankful, to help you brainstorm ideas for how you might encourage someone less fortunate in that area. You can find examples in this month’s devotion under the heading “Suggestions for planning encouragement projects this coming holiday season.”
Write down any ideas for “planned giving” that you might want to pursue this holiday season. Remember that your giving may be in the material realm, but it might also be in service or in the spiritual realm (for example, teaching, mentoring, or prayer).
What do you specifically want to do in response to this month’s devotion? I am hoping your heart has been stirred to plan some generous giving projects for this holiday season.