• Let me ask you a rhetorical question... are you happy? Or are you burdened / plagued / troubled / angry? Do you go to church that way? The pastor wants you to leave happy, content, and rejoicing in Christ.

  • 2 Corinthians 8:4-5: In this passage of scripture, a group of believers in Macedonia are performing fellowship in ministering to the saints. This is a key to being a successful Christian.

  • Before you are motivated to execute a plan to do a good work to bring glory to God, first give yourself to God (i.e., ask God if what you're doing is what He wants). So many good intentions are wasted because people didn't ask God, "should I do this? Tell me what you want me to do" before they perform the "good work." Don't put the cart before the horse.

  • Simply "give up and surrender" to God. Don't ask for inputs from your family, wife, or pastor--ask (pray) God what He wants you to do.

  • 2 Corinthians 8:1: What these churches in Macedonia did was beyond Paul's expectation. Paul simply expected them to give of their 10% however these churches not only "gave themselves to God" first, they "jumped in the collection plate" by continuously giving a majority of what they had.
  • So what were the eight secrets of the Macedonian churches' ability to be successful and give above and beyond what they had?
  • 2 Corinthians 9:1-3,8: Even Paul admits that what he's writing is not necessary because of the Macedonian churches' level of success in ministering and faith.

  • Are you happy? Are you sure you'll go to heaven when you die?

  • Are you surrendered to God's will?