Summary: In 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 the apostle Paul gives us eight principles "concerning the collection." In this lesson we examine the final three principles "concerning the collection."
We continue our study in The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians in a series I am calling Challenges Christians Face.
One of the challenges that Christians face is the issue of finances. Four weeks ago I began a section Concerning the Collection. My intention is to preach four messages on the biblical principles of financial stewardship with respect to giving to the Lord.
I would like to reiterate that these messages are intended to help Christians grow in this vital area of discipleship. I have no desire to lay guilt trips on you. I want to motivate you on the basis of God’s Word to obedience in this area of your Christian life.
As I mentioned previously, the material for this series of messages comes from John MacArthur, whose teaching on the subject I have found particularly helpful.
1 Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. 2 On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. 3 And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem. 4 If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me. (1 Corinthians 16:1-4 (quickview) )
A. Money Can Be a Curse
The Bible contains a number of warnings about money. Perhaps they are best summarized in a statement by the apostle Paul: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” (1 Timothy 6:10 (quickview) a).
Money, or rather, the love of money, you see, can be a curse.
For the love of money, many people have been cursed. In fact, the apostle Paul said, “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction” (1 Timothy 6:9 (quickview) ).
So, you see, the love of money can be a tremendous curse.
B. Money Can Be a Blessing
But while the love of money can be a curse, the Bible also teaches us that money can be a great blessing.