Week1, Saturday: Prepare for Sunday
REVIEW: Take a few minutes to make a list of what you’ve learned this week.
PRAY: Ask God to use this time to help you get familiar with Sunday’s scripture passage.
READ: 2 Corinthians 8:1-9
1 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, (proportionate) and even beyond their ability (sacrificial). Entirely on their own (voluntary), 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 6 And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. 6 So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. 7 But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech (truth), in knowledge, in complete earnestness (passion) and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. 8 I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that through his poverty you might become rich.
THINK: Go ahead and underline key words and phrases.
Start thinking about what this passage is saying.
What stands out to you in this passage?
What do you think is the main idea?
What parts are confusing or hard to understand?
How might this passage help you to follow Jesus better?
PRAY: Ask God to prepare you for tomorrow’s worship service.