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"CONCERNING THE COLLECTION - Part II"
1 Corinthians 16
Intro: Let me ask you a question. "Does giving in church
ever seem unpleasant?" If you said Yes, let me give
you three primary reasons why some churches would make
you feel that way.
The mark of a Christian -
Writing in about 125 A.D, a Christian philosopher by the
name of Aristides looked at Christianity and said this:
"They walk in all humility and kindness, and falsehood
is not found among them, and they love one another.
They despise not the widow, and grieve not the orphan.
He that hath, distributeth liberally to him that hath not. If
they see a stranger, they bring him under their roof, and
rejoice over him, as it were their own brother: for they
call themselves brethren, not after the flesh, but after the
spirit and in God; but when one of their poor passes
away from the world, and any of them see him, then he
provides for his burial according to his ability; and if they
hear that any of their number is imprisoned or op-
pressed for the name of their Messiah, all of them pro-
vide for his needs, and if it is possible that he may be
delivered, they deliver him. And if there is among them
a man that is poor and needy, and they have not an
abundance of necessaries, they fast two or three days
that they may supply the needy with their necessary
food." Isn't that great!
Now let's review:
I. THE PURPOSE OF GIVING Verse 1
We saw last Sunday that giving is for the saints -
God's people. We as believers have the primary respon-
sibility to give to meet the needs of other believers,
both spiritual and physical. We are to invest and share
freely of what we possess so that fellow believers may
have their needs met. We are stewards. We really don't
own anything. It is God's. We just hold it in trust. Also
we are to meet the needs of the saints who lead us.
II. THE PERIOD OF GIVING - Verse 2
God's Word told ...
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