by Jerry Vines

I Cor. 16:1-2
Jerry Vines

I Corinthians 15 is one of the greatest chapters in the Bible. It has to do with the subject of the
resurrection. It deals with the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and the fact that because Jesus
Christ was brought back from the dead those of us who know Jesus as our Savior will also experience
a resurrection. It is one of the most encouraging, one of the most exciting, one of the most uplifting
chapters in all of the Word of God. It has to do with our own resurrection, with our promise of heaven
and the glorious hope we have in the Lord Jesus. The chapter concludes in verse 58 by says,
"Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the
Lord, for as much as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." After all that excitement and
all of those thrilling things then in chapter 16:1 he says, "Now concerning the collection..."
You talk about coming back down to earth. You move all the way from the resurrection to the
collection and it brings you back down to earth with a dull thud. People say what could be more
exciting and more spiritual than to talk about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and our resurrection.
Then, what could be more anti-climatic than to talk about something as mundane and ordinary and as
unspiritual as the collection.
The truth of the matter is that when you deal with the subject of the collection you are doing
something that's spiritually a very rewarding and a very revealing aspect of the entire Christian faith.
We have experienced today a worship service. In a little while we'll come to the invitation
which will be the pinnacle of it all when we invite people to know Jesus as their Savior. We have gone
through several things in this service. We've had some opening sing ...

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