Memory Verse: But just as you excel in everything—infaith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us — see that you also excel in this grace of giving. – 2 Corinthians 8:7.
Missions define various activities that the church undertakes to reach out to various cultures with the gospel of Christ as expressed in the Great Commission. The CoP has branches in over 100 countries worldwide, and the Missions Board, supports both the internal and external branches with funds for acquisition of evangelism equipment and construction of church buildings. These funds are realized from the monthly Missions Offerings and annual McKeown’s Missions Week Offerings. In the passage read, we observe the eagerness of the Macedonian churches to support churches outside their region in spite of their difficulties. These lessons will guide us as we endeavor to support the work of missions.
Questions for Discussion
What did the churches in Macedonia do to support the work of missions in spite of their hardship? Verses 2, 3.
What advice did Paul give to the Corinthian church concerning supporting missions work? Verse 10-14.
What would be the consequences if we fail to support the work of missions?
From the example of the Macedonian churches, how should we give towards missions?
Apart from giving, discuss other ways by which we can support missions.
The Macedonians, though poor and tested by many troubles, rejoiced exceedingly for the opportunity they had to support churches outside their region. They gave freely beyond their ability to the extent of pleading with much urgency that their gifts must be received. Paul entreated the Corinthian church to emulate the good work of helping those in need with their substance, and not relent. We should also make others (including sinners and those in need) know Christ as we open our hands to support the work of missions without considering our present challenges. Aside giving in support of missions, we should pray continually for the work of missions, and encourage missionaries by communicating frequently with them.