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I. Introduction. A. Giving is an item of Christian worship. 1. The first day of the week is the day of Christian worship (Acts 20:7). 2. Disciples are commanded to give (lay by in store) upon the first day of the week (1 Cor. 16:1-2). 3. The Lord is interested in our giving and watches over the treasury (Mark 12:42--44). II. Proper Giving. A. The Lord gives rules for proper giving. 1. "Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I gave order to the churches of Galatia, so also do ye. Upon the first day of the week let each one of you lay by him in store, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come" (1 Cor. 16:1-2). 2. Notice that Paul is giving orders. He gave the same instruction to Corinth as he did to Galatia, and to all other churches. These are general rules for correct giving. B. Periodic. 1. Paul says the giving to be done on the first day of the week. He does not say the first day of which week and we therefore know he means the first day of every week. (a) Sunday was the day of the resurrection, the day the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles, the day on which the church came into existence, the day saints met to worship the Lord in the beginning of the gospel. (b) It is the day of worship and, therefore, the day for giving, since giving is an act of worship. 2. Our giving is to be regular. C. Personal. 1. Paul wrote, "let each one of you." (a) The husband cannot give for the wife nor the wife for the husband. (b) The same language is used here as is used in Acts 2:38 when Peter say "every one of you" is to repent and be baptized unto the remission of sins. The wife may not be baptized for the husband nor the husband for his wife. (c) One person cannot worship for another person. Giving is an act of worship and is therefore individual. 2. Paul is discussing "laying by in store." (a) That means "cast into the treasury." The overt act of putting money into the receptacle is what the apostle has in mind. (b) When we put our gift into the collection basket we do so with profound feelings of partnership with God and joy. No one should be deprived of that privilege. D. Prosper. 1. Our giving is according to our prosperity--"as God may prosper him." 2. If you have not prospered, don't give; if you have prospered give according to that prosperity. If you have prospered much, give much. (a) The New Testament does not command a tithe. (b) We are at liberty to give more than ten percent, and should (Matt. 5:20). 3. Our great prosperity demands large giving. (a) Cheerful giving pleases God (2 Cor. 9:7). (b) You cannot give cheerfully and give little. If you really enjoy giving you will be generous and liberal. E. Preventive. "That there be no collections when I come." 1. Paul wanted the Corinthians, Galatians, and us to give regularly upon the first day of every week so special contributions were not needed. 2. When people give as they should every Sunday, they will have no funds for special collections. F. Planned. 1. Paul does not mention purposed giving in 1 Corinthians 16:2, but he does approve it in other passages. (a) The Corinthians told Paul how much they intended to give for the relief of poor saints in Judea. They not only purposed to give, but told the amount they would give (2 Cor. 8:10-12). (b) The apostle insists the saved in Corinth do what they planned to do. (c) He realized that occasions might prevent them from doing what they said they would do, but told them to do what they had promised to do, if circumstances allowed it. III. Giving Shows Devotion. A. A person who gives generously to the church is a lover of the Lord. B. Our attitude toward our money is our attitude toward life. 1. Money represents the time and energy we have put into earning it. We look on money in the same way we think of life. 2. You could well take into your hands the money you intend to give to the Lord on Sunday and say to God, "This is my body which is given for you."