1 Corinthians Chapter 16

March 1, 2012

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 1 Corinthians. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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1 Corinthians 16:1-24 (NIV)
1 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. 3 Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem. 4 If it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me. 5 After I go through Macedonia, I will come to you–for I will be going through Macedonia. 6 Perhaps I will stay with you awhile, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I go. 7 I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. 8 But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, 9 because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me. 10 If Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord, just as I am. 11 No one, then, should refuse to accept him. Send him on his way in peace so that he may return to me. I am expecting him along with the brothers. 12 Now about our brother Apollos: I strongly urged him to go to you with the brothers. He was quite unwilling to go now, but he will go when he has the opportunity. 13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 14 Do everything in love. 15 You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints. I urge you, brothers, 16 to submit to such as these and to everyone who joins in the work, and labors at it. 17 I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you. 18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition. 19 The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house. 20 All the brothers here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. 21 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. 22 If anyone does not love the Lord–a curse be on him. Come, O Lord! 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.
24 My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.

1 Corinthians 16:1-4

Paul starts Chapter 16 by talking about an offering to be taken for the church in Jerusalem. He told the Corinthians to put aside a sum of money on the first day of each week that was in keeping with their income.

This offering for the needy saints in Jerusalem gets revisited again in 2 Corinthians 9 as well.

2 Corinthians 9:1-7 (NIV)
1 There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the saints. 2 For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action. 3 But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be. 4 For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we–not to say anything about you–would be ashamed of having been so confident. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given. 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

1 Corinthians 6:5-7

Paul is hoping to make a journey soon to visit the churches who are participating in this offering and take it to Jerusalem. His desire is to be able to spend some time with the Corinthians during that trip.

1 Corinthians 6:8-9

He is going to stay in Ephesus, however, because great doors of opportunity were opening to him, and the opposition was also great. I think it is interesting that Paul’s perception of his ministry was that opposition was sign that he was having an impact for the Kingdom. Opposition wasn’t a reason for leaving, it was a reason for staying.

1 Corinthians 16:10-11

Paul was hoping to send Timothy to them in the meantime, and he told them to take care of him.

1 Corinthians 16:12

Paul had encouraged Apollos to go to Corinth, but Apollos felt like he needed to stay in Ephesus with Paul for the time being.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.

There is the direction to love again. Do everything in love. As we stay committed to Christ and each other in love, the Holy Spirit will continue His ministry of changing and growing us.

1 Corinthians 16:15-20

Paul starts his goodbyes and final encouragements and told them to give a holy kiss. A holy kiss was an expression of love, forgiveness and unity.

1 Corinthians 16:21-24

Paul apparently stops dictating the letter and takes the pen himself for the last few remarks. He takes a quick shot at the false teachers who had been causing problems in Corinth, and then looks forward to Christ’s return. Maranatha, come Lord Jesus.

The letter to the Corinthians serves as a reminder to all of us that our Christian walk and growth is a process. He is working in us to transform by His Spirit, but the process takes time.

As Paul wrote to the Philippians

Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

This process continues until the Lord comes back for us, so like Paul, we should all say, Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.

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