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Weekly Sermon - 20 May 18                                 

Concerning collections
(1 Corinthians 16:1-4)

Speaker: Rev Peter
 
(57 minutes)
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Introduction - Context

1 Corinthians 15:1-58 Paul discussed the loftiest realms of thought and theology, and the future life of the world to come;

1 Corinthians 16:1-24 He deals with the most practical things in the most practical way and is concerned with the everyday life of this world and the administration of the Church.

Introduction: "Now concerning..." Paul is replying to something

1 Cor. 7:1 - Concerning Marriage

1 Cor. 7:25 - Concerning Virgins

1 Cor. 8:1 - Concerning Idols

1 Cor. 12:1 - Concerning Gifts

1 Cor. 16:1 - Concerning Giving

Statistic: Jesus' Teachings on Money

Jesus talked much about money...Jesus wasn't afraid to talk about money;

16 of the 38 parables were concerned with how to handle money and possessions.

In the Gospels, an amazing 1 out of 10 verses (288 in all) deal directly with the subject of money.

The Bible offers 500 verses on prayer, fewer than 500 verses on faith, but more than 2,000 verses on money and possessions.

Sermon Outline

The Collection - What

The Collection - Why

The Collection - When

The Collection - How

1. The Collection - What?

1 Cor. 16:1 "Now concerning the collection (logia) for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye."

The word means an extra collection. It was the opposite of a tax which a man had to pay; it was an extra piece of giving.

It is not compulsory, they were free to give as their hearts directed them.

But to Paul, this was not an option. The Corinthian Christians were responsible to take an offering among themselves.

2. The Collection - Why?

1.   The Poverty of the city in the time of Jesus and Paul - over populated;

2.   The Population of the Christians;

3.   The Persecution of the Saints;

4.   The Scarcity of Food.

Jesus taught that we should not depend upon our resources, but upon God, as the source of our supply, trusting him to meet our essential family needs (Matthew 6:9-13, 19-34; Luke 12:22-34).

Jesus taught that, since we are merely stewards, we should invest ourselves into the lives of others, not hoard our resources to ourselves (Matthew 25:34-40; Luke 6:30-38; 10:25-37; 12:15-21).

Jesus taught that we should use our financial resources to help the poor and needy through benevolence (Luke 10:29-37; 18:18-25).

Acts 20:35

"I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive."

3. The Collection - When?

1 Cor. 16:2 "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come."

"Lay something aside, storing up" - Coming to church with our gift prepared. They should seek God about our gift at home, and prepare it at home;

Paul didn’t want to manipulate anyone! He wanted them to give from their hearts, and not in response to a high-pressure fund-raising program.

4. The Collection - How?

1 Cor. 16:3,4 "And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem...they shall go with me."

Paul wanted representative(s) from the Christians in Corinth to help deliver this "gift" - an act of grace, to Jerusalem.

Paul did this to be above reproach in financial matters, this public funds have to be managed and administered correctly. 

  

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