I Corinthians 16:1-9

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Text: I Corinthians 16:1-9

Aim: To show what the Bible has to say about giving

CHRISTIAN GIVING

INTRODUCTION:

I don't particularly like preaching on the subject of money as if people might think I am begging for money. However, when you preach verse-by-verse, you eventually come to a passage dealing with money. And, we have come to just such a passage for this message.

Sometimes, however, we can grow lax in our Christianity, and this can show itself in our giving. It is easy to slack off when the church seems to have good offerings, but we need to realize that if we don't do our part as individual believers, we as a church won't be able to do some of the things that we would like to be able to do.

Paul was an apostle to the Gentiles, but he also loved the Jews very much. He had great concern for them. The believers in Palestine had a real problem.

People had given all they had to the Lord's work. The poor saints in Jerusalem were really suffering. Therefore, Paul instructed the churches to take a collection to help meet the needs of these poor saints.

In I Corinthians 16:1-9 we see what Paul had to say about Christian giving. Before we do that, however, we want to look at the basis of giving established in the Old Testament. It was tithing, giving one tenth of our income to the Lord. Now something we must understand as we study this is that God doesn't need your money. He wants you, and tithing is merely one symptom of a surrendered heart. Of course, there are other symptoms, and, of course, tithing can become mechanical.

According to Genesis 14:18-20 , Abraham tithed before the law existed.

Genesis 14:18-20 - 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

According to Genesis 28:16-22 , Jacob promised to tithe before the law existed.

Genesis 28:16-22 - 16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.

17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.

19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,

21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:

22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

In Leviticus 27:30-34 , tithing was commanded under the law

Leviticus 27:30-34 - 30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the LORD.

31 And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.

32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.

33 He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.

34 These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.

Proverbs 3:9-10 - Tithing is to be on the increase, i.e., the net income. This means that tithing is before taxes but after business expenses.

Proverbs 3:9-10 - 9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Malachi 3:8-12 - Not tithing is robbing God of what is His, but tithing will bring God's blessing.

Malachi 3:8-10 - 8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Matthew 23:23 Jesus said the Pharisees ought to have tithed mint and anise and cummin.

Matthew 23:23 - Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

In Luke the widow gave all that she had. She didn't meet the needs of her family or self first. She denied herself in order to give her money to the Lord.

Luke 21:1-4 - 1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.

2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. 3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:

4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

The conclusion to this is that we see that tithing is the place we start. It is the minimum which we as believers should be giving. We really don't start giving until after we have given the tenth.

In the New Testament, tithing, or giving 10% of our income to the Lord, is assumed; and it is not based on the law.

Giving is a spiritual rather than a financial matter. Paul, in commending the believers from Macedonia, said, And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.

The conclusion of this is that tithing is still to be practiced in the church age. The tithe is owed, and the storehouse is the local church, which operates financially on the basis of the tithes and offerings of its people. Tithing is the minimum a New Testament believer should give; whereas, offerings are over and above the tithe. Believers really don't start giving until after they have given the tenth.

By contrast, I Corinthians 16 and II Corinthians 8-9 deal with giving that is intended for a special project and not for the weekly support and maintenance of the local church ministry.

Giving over and above the tithe to special offerings or projects is something believers in all local churches are asked to do from time to time.

In I Corinthians 16:1-9 we see what Paul had to say about Christian giving that is over and above the tithe in New Testament times. It is not dealing with a new system intended to replace tithing, but is one-time special offering. We at Central Baptist take special offerings from time to time when we have missionary speakers. We also take special offerings twice a year to reduce the indebtedness on our building. Some churches use this passage to promote faith-promise mission giving. We support missions but do not do it this way.

I. GIVING OVER AND ABOVE THE TITHE IS AN ORDER - IT IS NOT AN OPTION - 16:1

This makes it the responsibility of the individual believer.

I Corinthians 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.

II. GIVING OVER AND ABOVE THE TITHE IS TO BE DONE ON THE LORD'S DAY - THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK - 16:2

I Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

This likewise promotes Sunday as the proper day for church services. We do not worship on the Sabbath, i.e. on Saturday.

III. GIVING OVER AND ABOVE THE TITHE IS TO BE DONE REGULARLY - 16:2

This will all but eliminate the need for all kinds of financial pleas for special offerings.

I Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

IV. IT IS TO BE EVERY ONE OF YOU WHO PARTICIPATES IN GIVING OVER AND ABOVE THE TITHE - 16:2

I Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

V. THE BASIS FOR GIVING OVER AND ABOVE THE TITHE IS AS GOD HAS PROSPERED YOU - 16:2

I Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

VI. GIVING OVER AND ABOVE THE TITHE IS TO BE DONE THROUGH THE LOCAL CHURCH - 16:2

I Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

VII. THE MONEY GIVEN OVER AND ABOVE THE TITHE IS TO BE HANDLED VERY CAREFULLY - 16:3-9

I Corinthians 16:3-9 - 3 And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.

4 And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.

5 Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.

6 And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go.

7 For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit.

8 But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.

9 For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

CONCLUSION:

If we give and handle the monies as God has instructed, our churches should not be having the financial problems which many of them seem to be having. Let's always do things as God would have us do them.