A STUDY OF 1 CORINTHIANS (Lesson Twelve)
                                                      1 Corinthians 16:1-4 (851)

          A.  “The collection for the saints” has reference to the effort to provide financial
                assistance to the Christians in Jerusalem.
                1.  They needed aid because of a famine (Acts 11:27-30,p 812) and the suffering
                     of persecutions.
          B.  Let’s answer a few questions about giving, one of the avenues of congregational
     I.  Who should give? 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:7 (856)

          A.  Every Christian.

          B.  Our members have the responsibility for giving to support our efforts.
    II.  Why should we give?

          A.  To show our love for God.  2 Cor. 8:7-9

          B.  To teach people the gospel. Philippians 1:3-5 (867)

          C.  To operate our church.

          D.  To help those in need.  James 2:14-17 (892); Galatians 6:9-10 (863)
   III.  When should we give as a congregation?  1 Cor. 16:2
          A.  Every Sunday.
   IV.  How much should we give?
          A.  As we purpose on our heart. 2 Cor. 9:7 (856)

          B.  As God has prospered us. 1 Cor. 16:2 (note KJV)

          C.  Principles to consider: first-fruits in O.T. (Leviticus 23: 9-11,14 (102); tithe under
                O.T. Nehemiah 10:35 (397).  These O.T. laws not for Christians, but what does this
                tell us about out giving.  We reap what we sow.  2 Cor. 9:6
    V.  With what attitude should we give?
          A.  Loving attitude. 1 Cor. 13:3: 2 Cor. 8:7-9; Matt. 22: 36-39-love God and
          B.  Willing attitude. 2 Cor. 9:7
          C.  Generous attitude. 2 Cor. 9:5
          D.  Thankful attitude. As God has prospered us. 1 Cor. 16:2

   VI.  What are some of the results of giving?
          A.  Recipient’s needs are met. 2 Cor. 9:12 (856)
          B.  Hopefully, recipients and others will give glory to God. 2 Cor. 9:11-13 (856)
          C.  Giver will be blessed by God.  2 Cor. 9:6-10; Luke 6:38 (756) 
  Conclusion:  Acts 20:35 (821); 1 Cor. 16:1-2