Intro: In this chapter we will find a potpourri, of thoughts presented by the apostle Paul – last minute instruction.
A) First Paul discusses the collection for the poor saints in Jerusalem, but then he goes on to discuss other things.
B) He will talk about opportunities and opposition, about watching and praying, about the conduct of the church,
1) The total church is in view here.
A) The Chapter NEATLY DIVIDES INTO 3 SECTIONS Verses 1-4 concern the collection/ TITHEING /
1) verses 5-9 are personal -- Paul discusses his personal plans;
A) Verses 10-24 deal with personalities, those in the Church at Corinth who walked down those streets of corrupt Corinth and lived for Christ.
16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also:
2 On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.
3 And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem.
4 But if it is fitting that I go also, they will go with me.
One of the most important ministries Paul had during his 3rd missionary journey was the gathering of a special “relief offering” for the poor believers in Jerusalem.
A) the Gentiles owed material help to the Jews in return for the spiritual blessings the Jews had given them (Romans 15:25-27).
25 But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints.
26 For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem.
27 It pleased them indeed of, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things.
A) Why were things so tough in Jerusalem. / Several reasons
1) When Church was born at Pentecost – People from all over – many who stayed – no employment – communal living
2) Second reason was there was a great famine
2) Great Persecution – many the believers had lost their Jobs
A) At the Jerusalem Conference years before, Paul had agreed to “remember the poor,” so he was keeping his pledge (Gal. 2:10).
1) Paul not only preached the Gospel, but he also tried to assist those who had physical and material needs.
A) Good model – Preach & minister to physical needs / Mexico ministry – both are vitally important
1) To only preach & not minister to physical needs is to be insensitive & taints the preaching of the gospel
A) But on the other hand to only minister to a persons physical needs is to neglect the greatest need of all – Spiritual
1) What good would it be to feed & clothe someone & yet have them end up in Hell?
Now Even though this was a special missionary offering, from Paul’s instructions we may learn some basic principles that relate to Christian stewardship & Giving – note 4 things
A) Giving should be systematic.
B) Each member was to come on the 1st day of the week – also called the
1) The early church met on the first day of the week ( SUNDAY) in commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
C) Each person was to come prepared to give his share for that week. On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside
D) So it was to be systematic / Giving weekly is good practice / We used to give on pay days - until read – this
1) Helps to not forget or hold back when a crisis comes
E) When it comes – OK LORD WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO!!!!
A) IT was to be a part of the worship service on that 1st day of the week
one reason we receive the offering during worship.
B) In 2 Corinthians 9:7 God loves a cheerful giver.
1) Giving in response to what God has done for us !!!! Heart of Love & gratitude / heart of thankfulness
Pause here for a minute to answer Question WHY DO WE GIVE? /
Isn’t TITHING associated w/ the Mosaic Law – we are no longer
under the Law ? DOES GOD NEED OUR MONEY
The answer to the first question as to why do we give is – simply because God – instructs us to .
C) The answer to the 2nd question isn’t – tithing ( part of the Mosaic
Law ? is no
1) First seen in Gen. 14 Abe after the Battle w/ the Kings who had
captured SODOM - ( Rehash story )
After the Lord gives Abe the Victory we read that the King of Sodom comes seeking to reward Him V.17 17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King's Valley), after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him.
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.
19 And he blessed him and said: "Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand." And he gave him a tithe of all.
21 Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself."
A) Notice that the King of Sodom comes & says to Abe give me the people - take what you want no strings attached
B) Lie always strings attached - but we read in v. 22
22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth,
23 "that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, 'I have made Abram rich';
24 "except only what the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion."
His trust was in the Lord – So this is where tithing is first seen in Gen. 14 / before the Law
1) Also Gen. 28 / Jacob – promised to give a tenth ?
Then in Matt. 6:3 Jesus makes ref. To the giving of alms – putting his stamp of approval on giving .
1) So we see that this idea of giving is very much a N.T. concept .
A) In the law of Moses the Lord prescribed that the people were to give a tenth of all they brought in .
B) But he also declared in Deuteronomy 14 that a second 10 percent, was to be used to support the national feasts and holidays.
C) And Each third year another 10 percent was to be given in supporting “the Levite, … the alien, the orphan and the widow” (Deuteronomy. 14:28–29).
1) As you study those & related texts carefully it becomes evident that the amount paid annually to the theocracy of Israel was between 23 -30% / much more than 10% /
So How much are we to give – Paul answers that question in 1Cor.16 / 3rd thing we want to note GIVING IS TO BE PROPORTIONATE
V.2 storing up as he may prosper,
B) As long as you are giving as an act of worship - & Cheerfully
If Can’t then don’t give / better not to until heart is right
C) But why does God want us to give anyway ? Does He need money ? No
A) Not way of raising Cash – God’s way of raising Kids
Giving remodels you!
A.) All of us are extremely greedy and selfish by nature! True? God has a cure for covetousness - called "giving"
B.) Every time I give I am being cured a little bit more of my selfishness, my covetousness, my greediness
1.) Lord says Rob, I want to remodel you
C.) So each week given opportunity to give in doing so - part of my covetousness, selfishness, greediness - goes away
1.) God is a giver! John 3:16 - Gave his Son - He gives grace!
D.) God wants to remodel me in making me a giver!
1.) So tithing not God's way raising funds - He doesn’t need it - It is God's way of raising kids!
#3 Reveals me!
A.) Giving can really reveal where my heart is and my interests are!
1.) Where I am investing is where my heart will be?
B.) Jesus said store up treasure in heaven! Where treasure is - heart
will be there also
1.) Stocks? or some investment Follow it - until sell it - no interest!
C.) First dating - me - $700 a month gross - rent was $425.00 - but I found a way to take her out! It was love! I wanted to invest
D.) If I am truly in love with the Lord and excited about the Lord's
work - I will give! Reveals me!
Take Abraham/ He had taken in this great plunder and the first thing he does - is give to the Lord.
A.) Revealed where his heart was at!
3rd - Giving Protects me – Again w/ Abe /
A.) The implication in that story is powerful - the King of Sodom comes
out Sodom = perversity - King of Perversity - world
1) "Take the goods Abe- it is yours " that is what the world seeks to do entice us w/ toys & trinkets
A) Note Abraham's response v22 " I have lifted my hand to the Lord - God most
High , possessor of heaven & earth
1) I will take nothing from you !"
C) The implication is this because Abe had given to the Lord his heart followed & he was protected from the ensnarement of the world
The temptation of the world in this day & age is strong ,
but as we invest in the things of the kingdom hearts follow
4th Last - Giving Prepares you !
A) One of the principles that we see continually mentioned in scripture is if faithful in little things exalted in much
B) Luke 16 Jesus gives teaching of the unjust steward - illustrating
how giving prepares us !
1) In this teaching said this: " The man who is unfaithful w/
unrighteous mammon will not be entrusted w/ true rich
C) In 2Cor. 9:6,7 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully
So From Paul we learn to give – systematically / as an act of WORSHIP / IN PROPORTION TO WHAT WE TAKE IN !!!!
PERSONAL COMMENTS (16:5-9) 5 Now I will come to you when I pass through Macedonia (for I am passing through Macedonia).
6 And it may be that I will remain, or even spend the winter with you, that you may send me on my journey, wherever I go.
7 For I do not wish to see you now on the way; but I hope to stay a while with you, if the Lord permits.
8 But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost.
9 For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.