Abundance, Blessings and Grace

Dr. Jennifer Blake gives a sermon about the way grace produces an abundance of the heart that cheerfully flows over from our lives into the lives of others so that our blessings become theirs. Based on 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

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Today’s sermon was led into with a video about being filled and overflowing by our relationship with Jesus. The question at the beginning of the sermon is the question the video ended with. (We do not own rights to share the video online.)

*Call to Worship
No one is able to out-give God;
the giver of all good things!
We reap as we sow, get as we give;
we abundantly receive as we abundantly provide.
Whether time, money or talents, all that is given in God’s name, for God’s good, will return in amounts we can barely imagine.
Let us worship God!

*Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, we are thankful as You provide our wants and desires, but too often we are hoarders, frightened of not having enough. We are grateful for our many blessings from You, but forget that blessings are simply “things” unless they are shared. We cannot comprehend Your generosity as we continually receive more than we deserve, but fail to joyfully give to others. Help us to see the abundance of our never-ending blessings, to give and to help others, thus experiencing the grace that pours down on us once we let go…

*Assurance of Pardon
Jesus’ generosity is boundless. He gave us His life, then He suffered and died, giving us forgiveness, grace and mercy.
Thanks be to God!

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 (NRSV)

6 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. 9 As it is written,

“He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.”

10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; 12 for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. 13 Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, 14 while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!