February 26th, 2007
Paul gave particular instructions for the church in Corinth to provide funds to assist people living in poverty in Jerusalem. It is interesting to note that he instructed them not to have a big fund-raising event just before the money was to be sent off. Instead, each person was to set aside some money each week out of weekly earnings. Paul’s instructions, at least for this collection, were that the funds should be contributed in advance on a regular basis by the people who believed in the cause — the Christians at Corinth — so that all the required money would be available when the time came to send it.
Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians — Chapter 16
16:1 With regard to the collection for the believers, you should follow the instructions I gave to the churches of Galatia. 16:2 On the first day of the week, each of you should put aside some money according to what you have earned, so that there are no collections when I come. 16:3 When I arrive, I will send whoever you choose with letters to take your gracious gift to Jerusalem. 16:4 If it is appropriate for me to go as well, they will go with me. 16:5 I will come to you when I have passed through Macedonia, because I am passing through Macedonia. 16:6 I might stay with you, possibly over winter, so that you can send me on my journey wherever I go. 16:7 I do not want to just make a fleeting visit now, because I hope to stay some time with you, if the Lord permits. 16:8 I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, 16:9 because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many opponents. 16:10 If Timothy comes, make sure that he has nothing to fear amongst you, because he does the work of the Lord, just as I do. 16:11 No one should reject him. Send him on his journey in peace, so he can come to me, as I am awaiting him with the believers.
16:12 I strongly urged our brother Apollos to come to you with the believers, but he did not want to come just now. He will come when he gets a chance.
16:13 Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, and be strong. 16:14 Everything you do should be done in love.
16:15 You have heard that the household of Stephanas were the first believers in Achaia, and that they have taken it upon themselves to serve the believers. Please, friends, 16:16 submit yourselves to people like this, and to everyone who joins in the effort and works hard. 16:17 I am delighted that Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus have come, because they have made up for your absence. 16:18 They have refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give proper recognition to people like that.
16:19 The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla send their hearty in the Lord, together with the church that meets in their house. 16:20 All the believers greet you. Greet each other with a holy kiss.
16:21 This greeting is written by me, Paul, with my own hand. 16:22 Anyone who does not love the Lord Jesus Christ should be accursed. Come, Lord! 16:23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 16:24 My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.
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