At-Home Bible Study

This page contains an interactive Bible study that you can do at home.  These Bible studies are changed each week, and they coordinate with the Bible lessons taught in Morningside's Sunday School each Sunday.

The At-Home Bible Study is easy to use.  Simply print this page, get your Bible and a pen or pencil, and begin learning.  If your Bible isn’t handy, click on the verse references to read the Bible verses on your computer screen.  The studies are interactive, so you will be asked to read specific scripture verses and answer questions.  You'll be amazed how much you will learn from God's Word, the Bible.

Bookmark this page and come back each week to study the Bible in your own home.  To further your Bible learning, come to Sunday School at Morningside Baptist Church each Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

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November 30, 2014

1 Corinthians 16

How should We Give our Offerings?

 

 

 

Do you tithe?  Do you give ten percent of your income to your local church?  Do you give offerings above the tithe, such as love offerings for guest preachers, mission offerings, and offerings to meet legitimate benevolent needs among the members?

Some people get very uncomfortable when the subject of giving comes up.  Some think the church is only interested in getting their money.  Offerings can be a very touchy subject.

Remember that the book of 1 Corinthians was written in response to the problems among the immature believers in Corinth.  They were fleshly, selfish, and immoral, so it shouldn’t surprise us that they also had problems and questions about giving offerings.  In chapter 16 Paul dealt with those problems and also told them how to respond to Christian leaders.

1 Cor. 16:1

“Now concerning the ______________ for the __________.”  Was he telling the Corinthians anything different than he had told other churches?

 

The word saints in the Bible refers to believers.  The Jews in Jerusalem and Judea who became Christians were often disowned and ostracized by their families, causing them to be very poor.  Paul took up offerings for them whenever he could (Rom. 15:26).

1 Cor. 16:2

When should they set aside their offerings?

 

The first day of the week is __________.  What should each person do?

 

How much should each one give?

 

What does following this pattern avoid?

 

The Bible tells us to adopt a regular and systematic method of giving offerings.  Every Sunday we should put an amount appropriate to our income in store, but where should we store it?

Malachi 3:10 tells us to bring our tithes into the storehouse.  The storehouse is the local church, so when the Bible tells us to lay up money in store it is referring to bringing that money to the local church.  Your tithe should not be sent anywhere else.

We should give as God has prospered us; the best way for our giving to reflect God’s blessings is to give a certain percentage of our income to our local church.  The Bible speaks of a tithe, which is ten percent; so a good starting place is to give a minimum of ten percent of your income to your local church.  When God prospers you with more, your tithe will go up because of His blessings.

Paul wanted the people in Corinth to do this so there would “be no gatherings when I come.”  If they gave some each week he would not have to beg for money when he came.  This is good advice.  If you start several weeks before a revival giving revival offerings, the pastor won’t have to beg for money every service.

1 Cor. 16:3

Where was Paul going to send the money?

 

What kind of person would carry it?

 

1 Cor. 16:4

Who else might go?

 

Only those who are approved by the church should handle the offering money.  They should have good reputations and be trustworthy.  Next Paul detailed his travel plans (verses 5-9) and then told how the Corinthians should treat God’s ministers.

1 Cor. 16:10

Why should they see that Timothy didn’t have anything to fear?

 

1 Cor. 16:11

What should they do for Timothy?

 

1 Cor. 16:13

How should they behave?

 

1 Cor. 16:14

What should motivate their service for God?

 

1 Cor. 16:15

What did he say about Stephanas and his family?

 

 

1 Cor. 16:16

How should Christians respond to such leaders?

 

After some closing words Paul issued a stern warning.

1 Cor. 16:22

There should be a period between the words “anathema” and “maranatha.”  Anathema means accursed or set apart for destruction.  How should they regard those who do not love the Lord Jesus Christ?

 

The word maranatha means “O Lord come!”  We should look forward to the coming of the Lord.

Concluding Thoughts: Do you tithe?  Do you give ten percent of your income to your local church?  Do you give offerings above the tithe for special guests or special needs?

If you answered “No” to any of those questions you are disobeying the clear instructions of the Word of God (Mal. 3:10; Matt. 23:23).  You have only two choices – repent and begin tithing as you should or continue in your sin.

Tithing is not complicated.  Look at your pay stub.  Find the figure representing your gross or total pay for that pay period.  Move the decimal point one place to the left and write a check for that amount.  Bring it to church and put it in the offering.  Repeat this procedure every time you get paid.  That is regular, systematic giving based on how much God gives you.  Begin this week.

 

 

Project: Give a tithe and offering to your church this week.  Pick up a Sunday School Member Quarterly for the new quarter and begin the Daily Bible Reading Guide on Monday.

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