"But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also. "
2 Corinthians 8:7
It is said that there are two main parts of every person: the logical and the emotional. I recently read a great book called Switch where the author even names the two parts of the person. He calls the emotional side "the Elephant," and the logical part "the Rider" (as in the Rider of the Elephant). In his 2nd epistle to the Corinthian believers, Paul appealed to their Elephant by calling to mind what a different church had financially given towards God’s work.
The main difference between the Macedonian and Corinthian church was that the Macedonians were being persecuted. In 2 Corinthians 8:2, Paul went so far as to describe the persecution as “a severe test of affliction.” His appeal was to look at the example of the Macedonians in their giving, because even under this severe persecution, they were very generous in what little they had. How then could the wealthy, stable, and secure Corinthians not excel in their own giving?
As you give your tithe or even an offering towards the GO. Serve. Fund, it’s important that you know where your money goes. The Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board (IMB) partners with churches to send and support missionaries who make disciples and multiply churches among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God. A portion of the GO. Serve. Fund goes to the IMB. Read more about where their money goes by going to imb.org/giving.
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