Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Giving To The Saints And Regarding God's Servants: 1 Corinthians 16

Theme: Christ is God's wisdom...

2. For answering questions (7-16)
     F. About a collection for the saints (16:1-9)
     G. About relating to God's servants (16:10-24)

The hope of resurrection motivates believers to "be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord" (15:58). In light of this hope, chapter 16 gives instructions about giving to those in need (16:1-9), and showing regard for God's servants (10-24). 

Giving to those in need (1-9). Paul sought to collect an offering to help Jewish believers who were in need (cf. 3). So he wouldn't have to make collections upon arrival, he asked each one to 1) on Sunday, 2) set aside a donation, 3) according as God prospered him. He would send the offering by delegates from the Corinthians church (3-4), hoped to arrive after his trip through Macedonia (5) to spend some time with them (7), but would remain in Ephesus till Pentecost, because a door for ministry had been opened to him there (8-9).

Showing regard for God's servants (10-24). Paul instructed them not to despise Timothy (10-11), that Apollos would come to them when he could (12), to subject themselves to the household of Stephanas ("and everyone who helps in the work and labors"),  and "acknowledge such men" (17-18). Other brief instructions include, "be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong", and "Let all that you do be done in love" (13-14). He closed with greetings from the churches of Asia, other brethren who were with him, his own hand (10-21), and blessings in Christ (22-24).

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