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1 Corinthians 16

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Verse 1

1 Corinthians 16:1

Problems in the Church at Corinth:

#12 Re: the collection on the first day of the week

The world can’t see any pattern from observing the religious world.


PERFECT PETIOD 1st day of each week

PERFECT PEOPLE each of you


PERFECT PLACE in store (into treasury)

PERFECT PERFORMANCE 2 Corinthians 8:11

1) readiness - willingness of mind

2) as purposed

3) cheerfully 2 Corinthians 9:7;

2 Corinthians 9:7 Negatively

1) not grudgingly

2) not of necessity

Under Your Thumb

(Have member write their contribution amount on a 3x5 card and cover it with their finger. This is a Personal Inventory - 2 Corinthians 13:5 a self examination.)

1) Have I grown spiritually? - 2 Corinthians 8:7

2) How much do I love God? 2 Corinthians 8:24

3) What is the future of this church?

[After each question "The answer is under your thumb."]

Illustration: What if God blessed me portionally to my giving.

Verse 2

1 Corinthians 16:2

First day -- RSV, NIV, NASB "of every week"

Verse 3

1 Corinthians 16:3

Acts 20:4, Acts 21:29 an Asian co-worker apparently of Ephesus. Trophimus was one of eight friends who accompanied Paul at the end of the 3rd missionary journey.[ see 1 Corinthians 16:3-4; 2 Corinthians 8:19-20 ] 2 Timothy 4:20 He was the innocent cause of the riot in the Jewish Temple that almost cost Paul his life.

Verse 13

1 Corinthians 16:13

A Man of God

Introduction - 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 ESV

1 Steps up

1 Samuel 17:19 ff; 1 Samuel 17:45;

2 Speaks up

Proverbs 31:8-9; 1 Peter 3:15; Romans 1:16

3 Stands strong

1 Corinthians 16:13-14; Galatians 6:9-10; Hebrews 10:36-39; 1 Peter 5:8-9

4 Stays Humble

Proverbs 3:5-8; Isaiah 66:2; 1 Peter 5:5-7

5 Serves the King

Matthew 6:33; Joshua 24:14-15; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

(--Scott Wright, 4-14-2019 AM)

Verse 18

Verse 19

1 Corinthians 16:19

Jerome Murphy–O’Connor wrote p. 48:

The first churches may have occupied the upper-level living quarters of shops like this [his picture is that of a thermopolium—see my previous post]. Shopkeepers typically rented such . . . rooms [from landlords], which opened onto the sidewalk, and then built a wooden platform halfway up to divide the room into two levels [see the picture above!]. They used the lower level for their shop and the upper level for living quarters. . . . . Statements that Prisca and Aquila, at Ephesus and Rome, hosted “a church in their house” (1 Corinthians 16:19; Romans 16:5), or more literally, “the group [of believers] which meets in their home,” suggest that the early Christians met in the living room above Prisca and Aquila’s shop. Such a room could probably accommodate 10 to 20 persons. This may explain why Paul, at Corinth, preached in the synagogue and later in the house of Titius Justus, rather than in Prisca and Aquila’s home, where he lived (Acts 18:3-7), as these locations could accommodate larger crowds than a room above a shop.

Verse 22

1 Corinthians 16:22

O Lord, come! . . See the ISBE article on "Maranatha".

Verse 24

1 Corinthians 16:24

Post comments in the KJV.

The First Corinthian epistle was written from Ephesus (not Philippi).

Bibliographical Information
Gann, Windell. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 16". Gann's Commentary on the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gbc/1-corinthians-16.html. 2021.
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