My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Nov 6th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.
1 Corinthians 16:1-4 – A Giving Heart
- Paul is closing the letter with final exhortations.
- Encouraging the church to take part in giving to support the saints in Jerusalem
- 2 Corinthians 8:1–7
- 2 Corinthians 9:6–15
- Encouraging an attitude of giving within the church
- Their giving was a glorious picture of unity in the Gospel (helping other… to Jerusalem)
- Each church doing their part for the kingdom
- We should give
- Deliberately (With a plan. On purpose)
- Proportionally (we give as God has given)
- Sacrificially (give the best not what is left over)
- Joyfully – WITH A JOYFUL HEART
A Heart for Missions – v. 1
- Saints, Galatia, Jerusalem
We give so that:
- Others may share
- Others may hear
- Others may be saved
A Heart for Worship – v. 2
- First day of the week
- With thanksgiving – Phil. 4:18-20
- Not hypocritically – Acts 5:1-11
There are three kinds of giving: grudge giving, duty giving, and thanksgiving. Grudge giving says, “I have to”; duty giving says, “I ought to”; thanksgiving says, “I want to.”Robert Rodenmeyer
A Heart for Unity – vv. 3-4
- Together as a body
- Same mission, purpose (THE MISSION)
- Doing more together
- Others included in the process (Acts 20)
- No church is just a church… we are part of THE CHURCH.
- Unity for the Gospel
- Not just unity for the sake of togetherness
- IT IS IMPORTANT TO SEE THE ACCOUNTABILITY IN GETTING THE OFFERING TO JERUSALEM
- We should take great care in how and to whom we give.
It is interesting to read in Acts 20 the wide variety of people who did accompany Paul on his return to Jerusalem after his third missionary trip. Listed there are people from all the major areas from which Paul gathered funds (although no one is mentioned from Achaia): from Galatia, Gaius of Derbe and Timothy of Lystra; from Macedonia, Sopater of Berea, and Aristarchus and Secundus of Thessalonica; from Asia (Ephesus), Tychicus and Trophimus, and (indirectly) Luke from Troas.Verlyn D. Verbrugge, “1 Corinthians,” in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition), ed. Tremper Longman III & Garland, David E., vol. 11 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008), 407.
- Owe to them
- Collected – literally… friuts
- Because someone gave… you were saved (Obviously, it is by the power of the Spirit we are saved, but just think about how faithful believers coming before us invested in your spiritual life.)
- Our giving is the fruits of our convsersion. To pass along to others.
- WE GIVE SO OTHERS MAY HEAR, BELIEVE, AND GROW….. SO THAT OTHERS CAN……