1 Corinthians 16:1-12
Instructions and Greetings
1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. 2 On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.
3 When I arrive, whomever you may approve, I will send them with letters to carry your gift to Jerusalem;
4 and if it is fitting for me to go also, they will go with me.
5 But I will come to you after I go through Macedonia, for I am going through Macedonia;
6 and perhaps I will stay with you, or even spend the winter, so that you may send me on my way wherever I may go.
7 For I do not wish to see you now just in passing; for I hope to remain with you for some time, if the Lord permits.
8 But I will remain in Ephesus until Pentecost;
9 for a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
10 Now if Timothy comes, see that he is with you without cause to be afraid, for he is doing the Lord’s work, as I also am.
11 So let no one despise him. But send him on his way in peace, so that he may come to me; for I expect him with the brethren.
12 But concerning Apollos our brother, I encouraged him greatly to come to you with the brethren; and it was not at all his desire to come now, but he will come when he has opportunity.
Theme: Three essential principles for the church’s global ministry so you can gain a vision for ministry beyond our own walls
I. Give Generously to the Needy vv.1-4:
A. Giving is expected from Christian churches vs.1
B. Giving is to be collected in an orderly manner vs.2
C. Giving is to be properly managed vv.3-4
II. Plan Strategically and Wait Patiently on the Lord vv.5-9
Three Lessons for Strategic Planning in the Church
1 Strategic planning is for ministry vv.5-7
2 Strategic planning is subject to the Lord’s will vs.7
3 Strategic planning is aimed at spreading the gospel vv.8-9
III. Support Missionaries Tangibly vv.10-12
A. Two Import Ministry Partners
B. Three Reasons to Support a Missionary
1. They do the Lord’s work vv. 10-11a
2. They work in a larger network of gospel ministry vs.11b
3. They become preoccupied with their work vs.12