The Kingdom Life: Stewardship - Possessions to Give
1 Corinthians 16:1-4
INTRODUCTION: This passage gives a clear picture of the activities of the first century congregation and we will do well to observe them carefully. Remember, there is nothing more typical of Paul than the abrupt change between Chapters 15 and 16. Chapter 15 has been walking in the loftiest reaches of thought and theology and discussing the life of the world to come. Chapter 16 deals with the most practical things, in the most practical way, and is concerned with the everyday life of this world and the administration of the church.
In this section of Scripture, Paul illustrates the human side of Biblical inspiration in that private desires and divine directives blend into the same expressions. The human writer uses an active participant, not a passive stenographer. The theory of mechanical, verbal dictation cannot account for the warm human touch of this section.
"Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass."
1 Cor 16 gives us several exhortations in regards to giving, doing the Lord's work, faithful living, and love within the Christian fellowship.
I. THE DOCTRINAL CELEBRATION. 1 Cor 15:
v.35-49 our new bodies
v.50-58 hope of our resurrection
1 Corinthians 15:57-58, "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."
Apostle John says it this way:
1 John 5:4-5, "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?"
EXAMPLE: Janet and I visited Green Lawn Cemetery
II. THE DUTIFUL COLLECTION. ...
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