The first fifteen chapters of 1 Corinthians are filled with theological themes.  Tough issues are addressed directly.  The sparks are flying as the apostle wields his authority and speaks firmly against sin.

Rather than changing the tempo, Paul talks straight forward regarding finances at the church.  He does not shrink back from this topic, rather he is as bold as he has been throughout this epistle.  Every topic he has addressed with the Corinthians believers has been sensitive and this new theme is appropriate.

Paul announces the topic.  He has completed his other discourses.  Now, he changes the topic but keeps the apostolic authority moving. 

He is consistent in his instruction.  As he instructed the believers throughout Southern Galatia to handle the collection of finances with integrity and careful administratively accurate, so these Corinthians should do the same.  It is a matter of doing something properly.

The pattern for giving is clear.  On the first day of the week, which is Sunday, believers gather this is the designated time to collect their offerings.  This is a general pattern without rigid rules.

Giving is a personal act of worship.  No one is tell anyone else how to do this.  Rather, it is an act of praise that each believer gives to the Lord. 

The procedure is simple.  We set aside a sum of money that represents a percentage of our income.  If we are blessed with bounty, then our savings for giving should reflect that or visa versa.

We save and plan so that a visiting leader like Paul is not distracted or associated with the gathering of funds.  Paul wants to take pains never to be accused of financial meddling.  The implication is that everyone in the assembly will know that there will be no collections made when Paul is with them.

Paul will, however, openly associate with the faithful men who will transport the financial offerings to Jerusalem.  He is always invested in the integrity of men who serve.  Trustworthy men can be charged with responsibility of handling the church finances.

Money has a way of tempting men to steal.  Worldy appetites and ease of acquisition start the wheels turning in unscrupulous lives.  Even those who claim to be spiritually minded believers can be susceptible to theft. 

Character prevents this.  Paul has identified such trustworthy men.  He emphasizes this option by offering to accompany the men and offering himself.

1 corinthians 16.1-4

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