In this lab, John Piper shows us from the text that God is able to make all grace — not some grace — abound to you so that you may overflow in cheerful giving.
Some questions to ask as you read and study 2 Corinthians 9:6–11:
- Paul tells us that God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). What are some factors that prevent you from giving cheerfully?
- How does God’s giving and our giving relate in 2 Corinthians 9:6–11?
- Do you trust God to provide abundant grace for all of your needs? Does your giving reflect this trust?
Principle for Bible Reading
Turn Bible Study into Prayer
We all need to be reminded from time to time that the Bible is not a text to be merely dissected, analyzed, and mined for new insights. God dissects us through his word. “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
Therefore, our Bible study must be inseparable from prayer. Our engagement with a text is not complete when we understand the passage. Pray 2 Corinthians 9:6–11. Pray that you would be a cheerful giver. Pray that God would change you by his word.