Bible: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
Completing the Collection for the Saints
8:1 Now we make known to you, brothers and sisters, 1 the grace of God given to the churches of Macedonia, 8:2 that during a severe ordeal of suffering, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in the wealth 2 of their generosity. 8:3 For I testify, they gave according to their means and beyond their means. They did so voluntarily, 3 8:4 begging us with great earnestness for the blessing and fellowship of helping 4 the saints. 8:5 And they did this not just as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us by the will of God. 8:6 Thus 5 we urged 6 Titus that, just as he had previously begun this work, 7 so also he should complete this act of kindness 8 for you. 8:7 But as you excel 9 in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, and in all eagerness and in the love from us that is in you 10 – make sure that you excel 11 in this act of kindness 12 too.