1 Corinthians 16 - Gifts for the Poor, Closing Exhortations

1. Why would Paul be making collections from outlying churches in Corinth, Galatia, and Macedonia for the church in Jerusalem? (Acts 24:17, 11:28, 8:1, Romans 15:25-26)

2. In Verse 16:2, Paul makes three important points about contributions to the church. What are they? (2 Corinthians 9:4-5, Malachi 3:8-10, Leviticus 27:30-33)

3. Let’s say you have a salary of $25,000 a year and you get a Christmas bonus of $1,000. Would you find it easier to give $50 a week to the church or one annual gift of $2,600?

4. What is the important principle Paul speaks of in Verse 16:3-4? (2 Cor 8:20-21)

5. As Timothy and Apollus plan to go to Corinth before Paul, what fears or hesitations might they have? (Verses 16:10-12, 1 Corinthians 1:12, 3:5, 1 Timothy 4:12, 2 Timothy 1:7)

6. Have you ever been fearful to represent an organization or another person? How would you like to be a government official in a press conference with reporters shouting questions at you? How do you feel about being God’s representative? Among friends? Among strangers?

7. Which of Paul’s concluding exhortations in Verses 13-14 do you personally want most to apply at this time: (a) Be on your guard, (b) stand firm in your faith, (c) have courage, (d) be strong, (e) do everything in love? How will you apply a, b, c, d, or e to your life right now?

8. What have you learned about setting priorities for how much you will contribute and to whom? Is your giving more planned or more spontaneous? What are the strengths and weaknesses of each way of giving?

9. Given all the hard things Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, how do you account for the warmth of Verses 19-24? How does this compare with how he began the letter (Verses 1:1-9)?

10. How do you feel about Paul’s exclamation at the end of Verse 22 (“Come, O Lord!”)? (Revelation 22:20) Are you ready—right now—for the second coming?

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