Today's Chapter: 1 Corinthians 16
Specific Text: 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
All the church wants is my money. You've heard that before, right? Of course, you know that's not true, especially after reading the book of 1 Corinthians these past couple of weeks. By now you know that the church wants much more than just your money... God wants you to make His people - that is, the church - one of the top priorities in your life.
You've seen the last few days that we have a responsibility to submit to the church, to keep it pure, to make sure that you're a contributing part of the body and that you need to constantly strive for even greater ways to serve the church. Since you have been called to make the church such a significant part of your life, it only makes sense that one of the biggest aspects of your life - your finances - are in the game as well.
Verse 2 teaches several big things:
Christians are to come together on the first day of the week, not the seventh as they had before Jesus rose again.
The amount of money you give to the church is proportionate to how much money you make. When you make more, you must give more.
Collections should normally be ongoing and subtle and should never be the focus of our the time we spend together worshipping.
You've also probably heard the phrase "Put your money where your mouth is." Singing songs of praise and even praying do not require much commitment from a person. The best indicator of your priorities are in life is what you spend your money on. Does your bank statement reflect your dedication to the church?
The church needs your money for two primary reasons. First, to continue ministering God's grace, and secondly, to make sure that God's people who are in need are taken care of. The money that Paul would collect from the Corinthians would be used to help Christians in Jerusalem who were suffering through a famine. The Corinthians had never met these people, but that didn't matter. They were all one in the Lord.
Prayer For The Day: Father God, thank you for the money that you have given me. I pray that I use it wisely, both to take care of my daily needs and to invest it in ways that will generate further blessings. Help me also to be very generous with my money, remembering that you gave it to me, so I must be quick to share it with your people - your church. Amen.
Discussion Starter: Giving to the church is just one way we share money. There are other good causes we must support as well. Share your favorites with your group.