Sunday, December 5, 2010
1 Corinthians 16 and the Collection
In 1 Corinthians 16, we have an opening discussion of Paul's instruction to the Corinthians, regarding the collection. The gift called for is to be stored up in keeping personal prosperity, on Saturday night for Sunday. It is to be collected from all God's people for all God's people. It is best to see this chapter as being about gifts, not about money.
By the way, here is an antidote to the problems created by the preacher preaching about money.
1. To those who say the preacher is merely trying to get a gift, we say some are, but the best preach on all subjects, and talk about the heart when they talk about giving.
2. To those who say the church exists on alms and think that a cheap shot, we say who else is going to feed the preacher?
3. To those who say "if God is all powerful and all sufficient, why does he need all this money," we say he doesn't, but people always give freely where their heart is.
4. To those who think they won't have enough if they give, we say He is able to supply all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.