2 Corinthians 8



2 Corinthians 8 focuses on the principles of generous giving, using the example of the Macedonian churches to encourage the Corinthians in their own generosity. Paul emphasizes the joy, willingness, and sacrificial nature of giving, drawing parallels with the selfless example of Christ. Additionally, he highlights the importance of responsible administration in handling financial contributions for the benefit of fellow believers.


  1. Generosity of the Macedonian Churches (2 Corinthians 8:1-5): Paul commends the churches of Macedonia for their extreme generosity in giving, even in the midst of their own trials and poverty. Their giving was marked by an abundance of joy and a willingness to contribute beyond their means.
  2. Encouragement to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 8:6-15): Paul encourages the Corinthians to excel in the act of giving as well. He emphasizes the principles of willingness, eagerness, and proportionality in giving. He reminds them of the example of Christ, who, though rich, became poor for their sake. Paul suggests that their abundance can supply the needs of others, and in the future, the abundance of others may supply their needs.
  3. Administration of the Collection (2 Corinthians 8:16-24): Paul introduces Titus and two other brothers as those entrusted with the task of overseeing the collection and ensuring its proper and honorable administration. He emphasizes transparency and accountability in handling the financial contributions.