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Summary: As I read our verses for today, we see Paul teaching us about the spiritual exercise of giving. You also can call it a habit, a discipline, a requirement, a command, or some other term, but today as we think about tithing and giving gifts to God...

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How Buff is Your Wallet?

1 Corinthians 16:1-2

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THREAD: HOW BUFF IS YOUR WALLET?

As we begin today, I would like us to read together the Scriptures that we will focus on. We are looking at just two verses in the book of 1 Corinthians. We have been looking this year at the Apostle’s teaching. We looked at 1st and 2nd Peter. We studied 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John. Now we look at some writings of the Apostle Paul. Paul wrote many books in the New Testament and informs us much about our Christian faith. Let’s read together this morning from 1 Corinthians 16:1-2. There are only two verses so let us read them together out loud.

READ [TOGETHER] 1 CORINTHIANS 16:1-2

Now about the collection for God's people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. 2 On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.

The topic that Paul is addressing in 1 Corinthians 16 is money. He says the word in the verses. He is not talking about collecting food or clothes or anything else, but specifically talking about the giving and collecting of money in the church. The Apostle Paul does not shy away from money in his letters and addresses it when it is appropriate. Paul teaches us much about giving actually…

For example… 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

For example … 1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

The Apostle Paul has important Truth for us on the topic of giving. He shares it in many of his letters. As I read our verses for today, we see Paul teaching us about the spiritual exercise of giving. You also can call it a habit, a discipline, a requirement, a command, or some other term, but today as we think about tithing and giving gifts to God, I would like us to think of it as a spiritual exercise. Based on that thought, as giving as a spiritual exercise, I ask the question:

THREAD: HOW BUFF IS YOUR WALLET?

I. STRETCHING

As with most things, exercise needs preparation. The preparation before exercise is called TV watching. No, that’s not right. The preparation before exercise is called stretching. According to Healthy Living (healthyliving.azcentral.com/purpose-stretching-6491.html), stretching is a deliberate release and contraction of a muscle or muscle group to increase elasticity and build strength. The American Council on Exercise lists four principal benefits of stretching: (1) Greater range of motion and improved posture; (2) the release of tension, soreness and stiffness; (3) reduced risk for injury; and (4) enhanced mental and physical relaxation.


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