Ross concludes our series in 1 Corinthians . The substance of all that Paul has to say is let all things be done in love. Ch 13. We can have all the spiritual gifts and talents but if we have no love then we are nothing.
Ross reminds us of the epistle outline that after establishing the Corinthian church Paul moved to Ephesus, some 200km away. While he was there Chloe’s household made a delegation to him, Ch1. They had concerns for the church over divisions, sexual immorality, law suites, disorder, and denial of the resurrection.
Stephanus also had specific matters, and Paul answered each one with: ‘now concerning’ within the letter. Marriage, food offered to idols, spiritual gifts and the last issue, collections for the saints. What should they do with money that had been given?
Ch 16 contains two sections: collection principles and practice, then some personal comments of greetings and travel plans.
Paul models to us that we should always plan with the thought that our planning will only happen if the Lord permits, Lord willing, deo volante, ‘DV’, vs 7.
Principles for Giving;
We should give regularly, individually, deliberately, purposefully, proportionately, generously, and cheerfully.
1. On the first day of every week. Giving should be regular.
2. Each of you. Giving is an individual matter.
3. Deliberate. Each of you are to put something aside.
4. Store it up. Giving should be stored for a purpose.
5. As you may prosper. Proportionate to how much you have.
6. Accountability for the use of money. Consider where the money is being used.
Ross shows that in Genesis tithing was voluntary. Under the Law of Moses, tithing became compulsory, in addition to voluntary offerings, but in the New Testament, we find no evidence that tithing is required concluding that tithing is not a NT principle. Instead, we need to decide in our heart how much we should give.