Join us as we focus each day this week on a different part of 1 Corinthians 13.
Wednesday: It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking.
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. 1 Corinthians 16:2
Read: 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
Listen: 1 Corinthians 16
As Paul continues the conversation about helping the poor in Jerusalem, we can imagine the Corinthian church philosophically agreeing to do it. They wanted to reflect the heart of their Savior. But the next question may well have been, “How? How best should we do this?” Fortunately, Paul gives five steps as a “how-to manual” for pursuing generosity.
(1) Paul says giving should be part of our worship. Watch this video clip as Pastor Aaron Buer explains this foundational concept. (2) Giving is to be universal. This means “each one” is to participate. (3) Giving should be systematic. We need a plan, need to be organized and need to follow through. (4) Giving is to be proportional. We’re to give according to our income. Our giving should be to the extent God has prospered us. (5) Giving is to be done freely. We give not because we have to, but because we get to.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Review your giving history considering Paul’s five-step “how-to manual” for pursuing generosity. There is probably room for movement in at least one of the steps. Year-end is a great time to make changes for the new year ahead. If you are single, think through your finances and make a plan to start giving no matter how big or small. Couples should do the same together and discuss what changes to make. Parents can engage your children to start them early on a path of radical generosity.
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