THE TALKING COLLECTION PLATE
I Corinthians 16, 1,2
You see in front of you this Chest of Joash. This chest is in the neighborhood of 50 years of
age and two weeks from today we'll have our Chest of Joash march. We'll have five chests this year.
This will be an exciting, innovative new way to have our Chest of Joash march.
The connection between these verses in chapter 16 and the previous chapter in I Corinthians
is a rather interesting connection. I Corinthians 15 is one of the great chapters in all of the Bible. It
is the chapter which gives us the great spiritual realities of our faith. It deals with the essential
ingredients of the Gospel. It tells us what the Gospel is all about. The Gospel is the good news that
Jesus died, that He was buried, and that He rose again. It also sets before us the resurrection of the
Lord Jesus Christ and points out to us that our hope is wrapped up in the fact that Jesus Christ indeed
rose again from the dead.
Moving from the resurrection of Jesus it begins to talk about our resurrection and the fact that
one of these days those who know Jesus as Savior are going to be raised again from the dead and we
are going to have a new body. Then, he talks about the wonderful glories of heaven and all of the
spiritual blessings that are ours out there in the future. Then, when he comes to the climax of this
chapter Paul just seems to climb the mountains of inspiration as he says, "Now thanks be unto God
who gives us the victory in our Lord Jesus Christ." From that great mountaintop of inspiration Paul
now descends in chapter 16 and says, "Now concerning the collection." We are almost tempted to
say, "Paul, you've quit preaching now and you have gone to meddling."
Most of us really don't think in terms of the collection being a very spi ...
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