Reach Out and Trust is a faith-based 30-minute program brought to you each Sunday morning at 7:30 am and 11:30 am. Reach Out and Trust is a ministry of Whitney United Methodist Church here in Boise. Rev. Christina Thompson is the pastor at Whitney and each week brings her sermon to the radio. Each program is designed to encourage trust in the Lord and seeks to bring everyone who listens to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
This morning, Reverend Christina continues her sermon series in 2 Corinthians. The subject is giving, something that Paul felt strongly about. As we heard last Sunday, Paul wanted believers in the Corinthian church to be leaders in giving. This he made clear when he addressed the Corinthian believers, encouraging them to exhibit exuberant generosity. The Corinthian church membership had been conscientious in their giving practices in the past, and Paul complimented them for this. But now he was beseeching them to go the extra mile, so to speak. He underscored this by reminding them that God delights in cheerful and generous givers. We too can be generous in a wide range of giving practices. For example, caring, sharing, serving, and witnessing come to mind in addition to abundantly fulfilling our financial obligations. As we give, we can express our gratitude for all God has already given us while motivating others to do the same. Remember, generous giving displays our deep-seated confidence in God’s faithful and loving provision. It also shows, in no small way, that the giver is the greatest recipient. Now here is Reverend Christina to tell us more about this morning’s message.
In this week’s show, Reverend Christina Thompson takes listeners through 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 which says (NRSV):
6 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. 9 As it is written,
“He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.”
10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us;