Lifelong Questions (2/12/12)

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Sermons | 0 comments

On February 12, 2012, Rev.  John Groth (retired military chaplain) visited our church and gave the sermon during both worship services.  After the 2nd service he stuck around and met with the Men’s Fellowship group.

Notes on his sermon were recently discovered, so the below post was written.

Rev. Groth’s message was on 2 Corinthians 8:1-8.  Rev. Groth noted six “Lifelong Questions” that this passage brings out.

Below is the text of 2 Corinthians 8:1-8 (using Eugene Peterson’s The Message paraphrase), interspersed with the questions Rev. Groth raised…


1  Now, friends, I want to report on the surprising and generous ways in which God is working in the churches in Macedonia province.

2 Fierce troubles came down on the people of those churches, pushing them to the very limit. The trial exposed their true colors: They were incredibly happy, though desperately poor. The pressure triggered something totally unexpected: an outpouring of pure and generous gifts.

Question #1:  What overflows out of my situation?

3 I was there and saw it for myself. They gave offerings of whatever they could — far more than they could afford! —

Question #2:  What are you doing beyond your ability?

4 pleading for the privilege of helping out in the relief of poor Christians.

Question #3:  What are YOU pleading for?

5 This was totally spontaneous, entirely their own idea, and caught us completely off guard. What explains it was that they had first given themselves unreservedly to God and to us. The other giving simply flowed out of the purposes of God working in their lives.

6 That’s what prompted us to ask Titus to bring the relief offering to your attention, so that what was so well begun could be finished up.

Question #4:  What new beginnings have YOU made?

7 You do so well in so many things — you trust God, you’re articulate, you’re insightful, you’re passionate, you love us — now, do your best in this, too.

Question #5:  What do YOU excel in?

8 I’m not trying to order you around against your will. But by bringing in the Macedonians’ enthusiasm as a stimulus to your love, I am hoping to bring the best out of you.

Question #6:  Who’s holding YOU accountable?  Who has your permission to ask you the tough questions?

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