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Paul's Instruction to the Churches (30 of 30)
Series: THE BOOK OF I CORINTHIANS
I Corinthians 16:1-24
April 13, 2005
1. Last week we talked about the resurrection and the
victory Christ has given us over death and the grave. In (15:1), Paul wrote, "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
2. In this evening's lesson we will conclude our study of
I Corinthians, as we look at Paul's final instruction to the churches. I want to give you three things:
a. Instructions Concerning Giving
b. Instructions Concerning Believers
c. Instructions Concerning Perseverance
I. INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING GIVING
A. The reason to give
1. The saints in Jerusalem were apparently in dire
need. Notice (vs. 3).
a. The church is responsible, in so far as it can
help, to assist the members who are in financial need. This is why we read in Acts 2:45, "And [they] sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need."
b. Paul said in Acts 20:35, "I have showed
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."
c. Keep in mind, the church is never to help
the lazy person and the loafer--those who refuse to work or help themselves. 1 Tim. 5:8, "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel."
1) 2 Thes. 3:10, "For even when we
were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat."
B. The time to give
1. The time to give was upon the first day of the
week, which is Sunday (vs. 2). Not only should the amount be correct, be the time of our giving should be consistent. The Sunday following payday, we are to give to the Lord's service. And, you will notice, it says, "every one of you" is to ...
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