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Taking Part in Missions

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Acts 13:1–4 CSB
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after they had fasted, prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them off. So being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
Acts 24:17 CSB
After many years, I came to bring charitable gifts and offerings to my people.
Paul, While traveling to Jerusalem, was collecting an offering from the other churches.
Romans 15:25–28 CSB
Right now I am traveling to Jerusalem to serve the saints, because Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. Yes, they were pleased, and indeed are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual benefits, then they are obligated to minister to them in material needs. So when I have finished this and safely delivered the funds to them, I will visit you on the way to Spain.
Romans 15:25
1 Corinthians 16:3 CSB
When I arrive, I will send with letters those you recommend to carry your gift to Jerusalem.
1 Corinthians 16:3
2 Corinthians 9:5–15 CSB
Therefore I considered it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance the generous gift you promised, so that it will be ready as a gift and not as an extortion. The point is this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not reluctantly or out of compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work. As it is written: He distributed freely; he gave to the poor; his righteousness endures forever. Now the one who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will also provide and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the proof provided by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedient confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone. And as they pray on your behalf, they will have deep affection for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
2 Corinthians

Taking Part in God’s Work - Going & Sending

vs 5
Acts 13:1–4 CSB
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after they had fasted, prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them off. So being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
Acts

Being generous towards God’s work - Giving

Time, money, resources being given
Sow generously, reap generously
Give cheerfully
2 Corinthians 9:10 CSB
Now the one who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will also provide and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
2 Corinthians 9:10
2 Corinthians 9:7 CSB
Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not reluctantly or out of compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver.
We derive the word Hilarious from this word cheerful here.
Gladly, happily, thankfully, and exuberance
Reap generously - vs 11
2 Corinthians 9:11 CSB
You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us.
1 Corinthians 9:11 CSB
If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it too much if we reap material benefits from you?
1 Corinthians 9:
Ephesians 2:10 CSB
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.
ephesians
We are created for the good works in Christ. We are to walk in the good works that He ordained for us.
He gives all abounding and overflowing blessings to us. He overflows our cups so that we will be strengthening us for the works.
When we are weak, He is strong - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Blessings Coming through the Saints Thanksgiving to God

Receiving blessings from God
Receiving affection from the church and saints
Acts 24:17 CSB
After many years, I came to bring charitable gifts and offerings to my people.
Paul, While traveling to Jerusalem, was collecting an offering from the other churches.
Romans 15:25–28 CSB
Right now I am traveling to Jerusalem to serve the saints, because Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. Yes, they were pleased, and indeed are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual benefits, then they are obligated to minister to them in material needs. So when I have finished this and safely delivered the funds to them, I will visit you on the way to Spain.
1 Corinthians 16:3 CSB
When I arrive, I will send with letters those you recommend to carry your gift to Jerusalem.
- Sowing to the flesh, reap corruptions.
Sow to the spirit - Spending time in prayer, study of God word
Sow to the spiritual things - Spend time on spiritual things and spiritual disciplines, the things of God, the work of God
Sow to the work of God - Dont just tithe your time, money resources, but give overflowing to the Lord and the work of the Lord
You will reap of the Spirit - Your life will overflow with blessings, spending time and fellowship with Christ.
You will reap of the spiritual things, overflowing, in your life - Abundance of God’s blessing, your walk in this life will be abundant. He supplies all our needs.
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