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Day 8 – Sacrificial Living

Jesus Example – 2 Corinthians 8:9, Luke 9:57-58

  • Jesus chose to live sacrificially. He gave up heaven itself.
  • He became poor so the world could be saved.

The need for Sacrificial Living

  • To meet the physical needs of others (2 Corinthians 8:13-15; Acts 4:34-37)
    • Paul wanted those who had plenty to sacrifice for those who were in need.
    • The first century Christians sacrificed so there would be no needy people among them.
  • To support full-time workers so the world would be evangelized (Philippians 4:10-19)
    • Paul commended the Philippians for the aid they had sent him.
    • He considered their gifts to him as a sacrifice to God.

Questions

  1. In what ways can I choose to live more sacrificially in order to have money to give to meet needs?
    • Examples:
      • Cut food budget
      • Limit or eliminate eating out for a time for a special contribution
      • Have creative dates to save money
      • Stop impulse spending (vending machines, fast food, etc.)
  2. Am I wiling to “become poor” so that others can have the chance to become Christians?
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