Our 2019 Year Verse

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”
2 Corinthians 8:9

Overflowing generosity is what Paul wants to see from the Corinthian church. Paul is taking up a love offering to help the impoverished church in Jerusalem. The churches in Macedonia have responded with overflowing generosity (8:3) and now Paul wants to see the Corinthians respond in similar fashion.

In II Corinthians 8: 9, Paul points the Corinthians to the overflowing generosity of Jesus. He wants them to meditate on the Gospel generosity of Jesus. No one has overflowed with generosity more than Jesus. Jesus who was rich became poor so that we by his poverty might become rich. The glory of heavenly existence with the Father is immeasurable wealth and riches. Jesus chose to set all this aside and become poor through his earthly existence, which involved his birth, sinless life, rejection, death on the cross, and resurrection. He did this so that we who were poor and lost in our earthly sinful existence might become rich in eternal salvation. Jesus saw our sinful poverty and gave everything to save us. There is no clearer picture than this of what a life of overflowing generosity looks like. Continued… THE SUBURBAN CONNECTION JANUARY 2019 2 continued from the Pastor’s Desk… Paul believes that as the Corinthians live in the overflowing generosity of Jesus that it will produce a lifestyle of overflowing generosity. This is what I believe will happen at Suburban in 2019 if we will live daily in the Gospel generosity of Jesus. I believe that as we rest daily in who Jesus is and what Jesus did, that He will produce a people overflowing in generosity…He will make us like Himself, ever generous with our time, talents, and resources for His glory and for the eternal good of others.

Would you join me in praying that God will generously pour out His Spirit upon us in 2019? Would you pray that God would set us on fire…a fire overflowing with generosity just like Jesus?

To God Be the Glory,

Pastor Todd