Beyond the Weekend

December 16 | Radical Generosity

December 16, 2019

Join us as we focus each day this week on a different part of 1 Corinthians 13.
Monday: Love is patient, love is kind.


Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. 1 Corinthians 16:1

Read: 1 Corinthians 16:1-4

Listen: 1 Corinthians 16


Paul’s letter to the Jesus-community in Corinth is coming to a close. To a church fully immersed in the culture of Corinth, Paul is leaving no issue untouched: unity, sexual immorality, to eat or not eat food sacrificed to idols and the Lord’s Supper. In clear terms, he tells them how they should live. But Paul is not entirely done. Before he ends the letter, he has one more issue to discuss—their generosity.

Paul reminds the Corinthians that part of their new identity as a Jesus-follower is a life of radical generosity. The poor in the church in Jerusalem are in severe financial need, and the Corinthian church can help. By telling them how to help, Paul reminds them that the why behind helping is they owe their spiritual lives to the church in Jerusalem.

Paul’s final instructions to the church in Corinth challenges us to be more like the people we want to be, and the people God is calling us to be. This week, we’ll see why giving matters and a plan to get started. Whether we’re “stuck” in this area or desire to grow more, this last teaching of Paul for the Corinthian believers can move us toward greater giving and a heart of radical generosity.


Using 2 Corinthians 8:9 as a starting point, journal on the generosity of God using page 76 in your Culture of the Cross Journal. Reflect on all of the ways you have experienced God’s generosity. Salvation, spiritual gifts, finances, friends and your job are a few examples. Thank him for his amazing goodness and generosity.

Click on the photo below to “save image as” to set for the lock screen or home screen on your mobile device to cycle back to each phrase twice daily to remember to live a life motivated by love.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

We’d love to have you join us for one of our Christmas services December 21, 22 or 24. Visit us at for locations, times and ticket information (tickets for Christmas Eve only). Or worship with your family and friends wherever you are at

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