leaving the house for the nite we often leave final
instructions or when going out the door say ‘remember to cook the food at 350
or don’t forget bedtime or make sure that you get your homework done.’ Those
final thots that help summarize what is most
important at that moment. In our passage we have at least 10 commands being
given to the people in the church I Corinth. Final
instructions to the church as this letter comes to an end. Those thots summed up and clarifying that last important thing to
remember. These are the essentials of an effective ministry. Those
things that will make for significant ministry. In 1 Corinthians 16, we
have some of those things listed for us.
1. PARTICIPATE IN GIVING TO THE NEEDY AND
we have several principles which should govern our giving for people in need as
well as the ministry of the church. As background to this instruction: (1) Acts
Barnabas 1stxian to take interest in Paul. Acts -26 he sought Paul to labor with him in Antioch.
Paul’s concern for welfare of the poor must have begun with this association.
(2) Leaders in Jerusalem urged Paul
to care for the poor Gal 2:7, 9-10. Paul even preached that our lives should be
marked by generosity toward poor Gal ;
Rom ; Eph . (3) He faithfully instructed Gentile believers to
contribute to needs of poor in Jerusalem Rom 15:25-27. I seems
that money was important to Paul because it could be used to demonstrate
Christian love and fellowship to one another in the body of Christ. So here he
instructs about gving. First the
problem to be solved vs 1. The Jerusalem
believers suffered greatly from poverty Rom 12:25-27; 2 Cor
8 & 9. Because of famine or poor widows or orphans who needed to be cared
for. Then persecution also brot on poverty from
unbelieving Jews . These had rejected Christ already
Mt 12, engineered his crucifixion Mt 26, stoned Stephen Acts 6, intent on
stamping out Christianity Acts 4 & v5. So if anyone was going to help the
needy saints here it would have to be the Gentile xians
for no help was coming from unbelieving Jews. Second, the
process to be followed vs 2. Each xian is encouraged to set savings aside until a large
enough amount accumulated. Then it would be used and
dispersed as needed. Everyone responsible for this ‘each one
of you’. No matter how little or how much he had t give. Either way it
was a decision before the Lord systematically carried out every week. No amount
is specified b given without pressure but instruction. Third, the presentation of this gift reflect necessary precautions vs 3. Funds can be misused, like Judas having hand in the
till. The money would be delivered in organized fashion. So
The poor should have priority in our giving. So in your storehouse giving do
not neglect the poor! Those who lack the necessities
We should prepare ourselves to give. Giving with a purpose
and a plan. That was laid out here in our passage. Having money set
aside to meet the needs of people you come in contact with.
2. PLAN FOR THE FUTURE BUT BE FLEXIBLE 5-9
is an announcement of a slight change in plans to visit Corinth.
It is an important contribution travel makes for the church of the Lord around
the world. First, it appears his travel plans had changed due to various
circumstances (perhaps, wish, hope, permits) all these indicate this.
Originally intended to visit briefly on way to Macedonia
(2 Cor -16).
But revised it for afterward and a longer stay thru winter
16:6.Second, suspected that any delay in his coming
would be used by his opponents to discredit him 2 Cor
1:15-18. Paul wanted them to know he was determined to come 16:7. Third,
his change of plans is the result of circumstances in Ephesus.
We learn from vs 8 that he was in Ephesus
when he wrote this letter. He chose to extend his stay there because of the
‘open door’ of opportunity that was available t him vs
9. Luke informs us that this ministry lasted three years there Acts 19:10, . In addition to opportunity, opposition
compelled him to remain at Ephesus
longer than he had first intended 16:9. Fourth, possibly a delay would give
Corinthians time t correct many of the issues raised in Paul’s letter to them.
With those corrections that would make his visit a much more pleasant one and
also encourage the emergence of godly leaders there taking initiative for this
sort of thing 2 Cor 1:23-24. The obedience of
Corinthians would be better proven during his absence rather than waiting
forhimtodealwith them himself. This
would assist them to become stronger rather than dependent upon an itinerant
leader like Paul. (This is what they are doing in church in Skhoder).
3. PURSUE WHAT YOU BELIEVE TO BE CORRECT
COURSE OF ACTION 10-12
is going to arrive in Corinth and
this visit must be facilitated by compassion and cooperation 10-11. The Corinths loved rhetoric, persuasive speech. Timothy had to
be persuaded to stir up his gift. Corinths were proud
and arrogant. Timothy was shy and reticent. Corinths had
no fear of opposing one as great as apostle Paul.
Timothy was going to have to confront them as Paul’s representative. No wonder
he found it necessary to give these believers specific instructions regarding
Timothy and his visit to them. Then concerning Apollos, in vs 12, his absencewas result of his own decision not to come now even tho Paul had insisted vs 12.
He was a man who knew when to take advice and when to refuse it. Yet he was a
humble enough man to have received instruction from a tent-maker and his wife, Aquila and Priscilla Acts 18:25-26.
4. PRACTICE DILIGENTLY THOSE THINGS THAT
absence of powerful personalities like Pal and Apollos,
they must learn to stand up and be counted 13-14. The had
asserted selves when should have shown restraint 6:1ff. Were passive when
should have purged evil in church 5:1-8. Now with issues clear the time had
come for them to act. Pointing out wrongs needing correction, they must change.
So here in one final charge he says act on it, do what is rite. No more
complacency—carry out your calling.
5. PONT OUT GODLY LEADERS AND ACKNOWLEDGE
this church going to straighten out must begin from top down. Ungodly leaders
removed and godly ones taking their place 15-18. Stephanas
is cited as a model xian leader. He and his household
1st converts in Corinth 1 Cor 1:15-16. He
had refreshed Paul b his coming vs 18. These 2 men provided Paul with a little bit of Corinthvs 17. He loved those
people. He should be followed since he was (1) a leader in his household. (2)
Actively participated in ministry. (3) His service beneficial to others 18. So,
Stephanus and these others should be recognized among
the Corinthians as leaders they should follow vs 16.
1. We should learn the value of a visit. Here are contributions
of personal visits. Stephanua and companiosn
bring news, Timothy brings report, Apollos
will bring further instruction. (Overseas returns)
2. We should understand value of godly leadership. Proven maturity-ones leading by serving.Recognise
these and value them.
3. We should plan biblically. Plan like going to live
next 50 yrs and live as if today last day I have James 4:13-16. God is in
control of our plans.