Today is January 2nd, 2018; Happy 1st Tuesday of the New Year. We are one year farther from the focal point of all universal history, that being Christ’s words, “It is Finished” as he bled upon the cross; and one year closer to the complete reconciliation of all things, through Christ. As we continue our study though this mini-series, one of the ways we are encouraging our church family in this process of reconciliation through Church sanctification, is in trusting in the Provision of the Almighty Sustainer, that we may wisely, and generously give of our time, finances, and abilities. Please join us at our Gatherings, Sundays @ 9:00 and 10:45am - Max
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever had an occurrence where you felt the Spirit commanding you to give in some charitable way (time, finances, or ability), yet immediately found yourself questioning the consequence or outcome of the withdraw in relation to your schedule, savings, or well being? Were you obedient? What caused you to be, or not to be?
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.
DISCOVER [1 Corinthians 16:1-2]
16 Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. 2 On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
_ Who are the saints mentioned in v.1? Who is the collection for?
The word “Saint” used here derives from the Greek word “hagiazo”, which means to “sanctify” or “set apart”.
In regards to the definition given above, approach this question in correlation to how the Father now views a professing believer, at the cost and atonement of Christ.
_Why would it be important for Paul to specify that he directed the church of Galatia with the same rule or instruction, as he writes to the church of Corinth?
_Why is Paul instructing a believer with such particularization on how to set aside an amount of finances for charitable purposes? Notice how Paul states it to be done on “the FIRST of EVERY week”.
_Who is this to be done by? V.2_As a believer does this, what does Paul say will happen to the believer? v.2. Does Paul give this profitable detail that a believer may be obedient for selfish reason, or to have confidence in the provision and faithfulness of the Lord, as he/she commits themselves to the works of Christ?
_Why would Paul be concerned about not needing to work out a collection when he arrives? V.2. Do not answer this question based on conjecture, but read 1 Corinthians 9:1-23
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ How does this instruction of giving convict you? How does it then encourage you in God’s promise to sustain you? (Matthew 6:26-27)
_ Are you spending time in the Word and in prayer, to hear the Lord speak to you? It is these two actions that leads us to repentance, as well as our daily callings to God’s will.
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_Who can you tell of God’s amazing promise to keep one with sustenance and fulfillment of the necessities, while we take part in a culture ridden with the command to abide in materialism and consumerism?
_In other words, is there a person in your life who needs to be told that God will keep them and give to them what they need, that they will surely not perish. For the freedom of Christ includes the freedom from anxiety.