“Victorious Christian Giving”. 1 Corinthians 16. 1 Corinthians 16:1-3. Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also.
1 Corinthians 16
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also.
On the first day of every week let each one of you put aside and save, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come.
And when I arrive, whomever you may approve, I shall send them with letters to carry your gift to Jerusalem;
Source: WHO, 2007 - http://devdata.worldbank.org/query/
16:1-2 Now about the collection for God's people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do:
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income…
“Most people don’t realize how the rest of the world is absolutely staggered by our wealth; and especially our attitudes that we’re just ‘barely making’ it. We really believe that we just ‘need a little more’.-George Verwer, Operation Mobilization
Prov. 29:7 The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor,
The wicked does not understand such concern.
Source: Ron Sider, “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger”
2 Cor. 9:7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
1 Cor. 16:2 …let each one of you put aside and save, as he may prosper…
Exodus 35:5 Take a sacred offering for the Lord. Let those with generous hearts present the following gifts to the Lord: gold, silver, and bronze… So the whole community of Israel left Moses and returned to their tents.
Exodus 35:20f All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offerings to the Lord…Both men and women came, all whose hearts were willing. They brought to the Lord their offerings of gold—brooches, earrings, rings from their fingers, and necklaces…
They went to Moses and reported, “The people have given more than enough materials to complete the job the Lord has commanded us to do!” Exodus 36:5
One [reason] is an increasing individualism, a rampant individualism, in which we tend to regard ourselves like children regard themselves as I’m all there is, and depression is, I believe, a disorder of individual failure, an individual helplessness, and if you think you’re all there is, you’re set up for it.
Martin Seligman Forum on Depression 8/16/2002
United States of America is the richest and most powerful country in the world with half the world’s billionaires.
True _______ False ________? (Forbes March 27, 2006, U.S. Dept. Education Web site)
The US has the highest rate of significant mental illness among all countries studied, using a comparable method.
-True _______ False ________? (see WHO Survey, JAMA 291(21): 2581-2590, June 2, 2004)
1 John 3:18 “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.”
2 Cor. 8:8 I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others.
1 Cor. 16:2 On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income
2 Cor. 8:1-3 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.  Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.  For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,
Mt.12:41 And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums.
Mt.12:41ff A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”
2 Cor. 9:6-8
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully…
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed
"For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.”
"In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " Acts 20:35
1 Tim. 6:17-19 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.
Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
How can God use your spare change?