The Collection Talks
I Corinthians 16:1-2
We are going to take a little detour from our study in I Thessalonians. I want to talk to you about the matter of giving. I am aware of the fact that I am speaking to the group of people who give the great bulk of our offerings in our fellowship. The Wednesday night folks, for the most part, are the home folks. That's the core group. That's the people who are committed to the Lord and are committed to the work of the Lord. Not that others who are not here are not, of course. But I do know that I am speaking to the bulk of people who are committed in their giving to the work of the Lord.
I want to talk to you about giving and why it is so important and what God has to say about it. I think it will be a help to you. Turn to I Corinthians 16.
The Scripture says, "Now, concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week, let every one of you lay by him in store, as God has prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come."
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