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Offerings, Opportunities and Opposition - Pt. II (40 of 40)
Series: Living Under Kingdom Authority
Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 16
Well, this is it! What we began the first Sunday of January is concluding tonight! And of course I'm talking about our study of the book of 1 Corinthians under the heading:
LIVING UNDER KINGDOM AUTHORITY
So, join me in the 1 Corinthians 16, the final chapter and the final message as we pick up where we left off this morning thinking about
Offerings, Opportunities and Opposition
1 Corinthians 16.1-4
''Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: 2 On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. 3 And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem. 4 But if it is fitting that I go also, they will go with me.''
Now as Paul brings this letter to a close, he has several things on his mind that he wanted to say to them. So what we have in this final chapter is a collection of several subjects.
We saw this morning beginning in verse 1:
(1) Paul's EXPECTATION of them.
Verse 1, ''Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also.'' And that offering was for the struggling church in Jerusalem.
Now this offering wasn't merely to help meet a financial need, it was to help meet a social need. You see, the members at the church of Corinth were Gentiles. The members of the church in Jerusalem were Jewish. Here you have Gentile churches crossing over the ethnic barrier to help their Jewish brothers and sisters in Christ in their time of need.
Do you see it? Paul was trying to join their hands and hearts together! He was trying to help heal some old wounds and build a bridge between churches.
And in helping meet the needs, Paul expe ...
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