Scripture: I Corinthians 16

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The Collection For God’s People

1 Corinthians 16:1-4 (WEB) 1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I commanded the assemblies of Galatia, you do likewise. On the first day of every week, let each one of you save, as he may prosper, that no collections are made when I come. When I arrive, I will send whoever you approve with letters to carry your gracious gift to Jerusalem. If it is appropriate for me to go also, they will go with me. 

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul ask of the Corinthian believers (I Corinthians 16:2)? Paul asked the saints in Corinth to collect money to be given to the believers in Jerusalem.

2. What was Paul’s instructions for doing this (I Corinthians 16:1-4)? Paul told them to do as he instructed the assemblies of Galatia.  On the first day of every week, they were asked by Paul to set money aside so the collection would be ready when he arrived. And then Paul would send with the gift of money whomever they chose and if it was appropriate, he would travel with the appointed person.

Paul’s Personal Requests

I Corinthians 16:5-18 (WEB) But I will come to you when I have passed through Macedonia, for I am passing through Macedonia. But with you it may be that I will stay, or even winter, that you may send me on my journey wherever I go. For I do not wish to see you now in passing, but I hope to stay a while with you, if the Lord permits. But I will stay at Ephesus until Pentecost, for a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 10 Now if Timothy comes, see that he is with you without fear, for he does the work of the Lord, as I also do. 11 Therefore let no one despise him. But set him forward on his journey in peace, that he may come to me; for I expect him with the brothers.  12 Now concerning Apollos, the brother, I strongly urged him to come to you with the brothers; and it was not at all his desire to come now; but he will come when he has an opportunity.  13 Watch! Stand firm in the faith! Be courageous! Be strong! 14 Let all that you do be done in love.  15 Now I beg you, brothers—you know the house of Stephanas, that it is the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have set themselves to serve the saints— 16 that you also be in subjection to such, and to everyone who helps in the work and labors. 17 I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus; for that which was lacking on your part, they supplied. 18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge those who are like that.

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul want to do if the Lord was willing (I Corinthians 16:5-7)? Paul would stay a while with the Corinthian believers if the Lord permitted.

2. Why was he staying at Ephesus until Pentecost (I Corinthians 16:8-9)? Paul was staying at Ephesus until Pentecost because an effective door had opened to him, and there were many adversaries (people who opposed Paul).

3. What encouragement did Paul give the believers in Corinth (I Corinthians 16:13-14)? Paul told the Corinthian believers to watch, stand firm in the faith, be courageous and be strong.  And to let all that they did be done in love.

4. What did Paul urge the believers to do (I Corinthians 16:15-16)? Paul urged them to submit to the house of Stephanas and to everyone who was helping in the work and labors through serve the saints.

5. What had Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus done (I Corinthians 16:17-18)? They had supplied what was needed.  They had refreshed Paul’s spirit and the Corinthian believers’ spirits.

Paul’s Final Greetings

I Corinthians 16:19-24 (WEB) 19 The assemblies of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you much in the Lord, together with the assembly that is in their house. 20 All the brothers greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. 21 This greeting is by me, Paul, with my own hand. 22 If any man doesn’t love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be cursed. Come, Lord! 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 24 My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.

HEAR the WORD

Ponder the above passage. 

MEDITATE on the WORD

My Bible notes: Verse 20 – Kissing was a normal way of greeting each other in Paul’s day.  Paul encouraged the “holy kiss” as a way to greet Christians and a way to help break down the divisions in this church.  Verse 22 – The Lord Jesus Christ is coming back to earth again.  To Paul, this was a glad hope.  The very best he could look forward to.  He was not afraid of seeing Christ – he could hardly wait!

MEMORIZE the WORD

I Corinthians 16:13-14 (NIV) Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.  Do everything in love.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Do you share Paul’s eager anticipation to see the Lord?

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Encourage those who love Christ to look forward to that wonderful time of His return.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will help those in need (I Corinthians 16:1-4).  Lord, I pray we will see the doors You’ve open for us and walk through them even though there may be those who oppose us on the other side (I Corinthians 16:9). Lord, I pray we will be on our guard.  I pray we will stand firm in our faith.  I pray we will be men and women of courage and be strong.  I pray we will do everything in love (I Corinthians 16:13-14).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I keep our eyes on the sky, eagerly anticipating Jesus’ return.” <>< Dona