In the most extended piece on Christian giving in the New Testament, Paul makes an appeal to the Corinthians to contribute to the so-called “Jerusalem offering.” At an earlier point, the Corinthians had given and desired to give to the relief offering, but circumstances have suppressed that earlier expression of generosity, and now Paul writes Corinth yet again to stir them up to generosity. This initial entry point into the discussion of giving to the Jerusalem offering begins not with commands but with a story. Here Paul singles out the gracious giving of the Macedonians, highlighting several significant features of their example for the Corinthians to emulate.
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