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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Lord's Supper

By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs

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."

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email: [email protected]
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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