Church Money Matters—1 Corinthians 16:1-9

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Levi Durfey 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

We come to the last chapter in 1 Corinthians, where Paul takes up one more issue where he needs to give some practical instruction.

 

1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. 3 And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. 4 And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me. 5 Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia. 6 And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go. 7 For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit. 8 But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost. 9 For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries. (1 Corinthians 16:1–9)

 

The primary point of this passage is to help the Corinthian Christians to be orderly in their giving. The principles laid down here are also important for us today.

 

Orderly Giving Will Be:

1. Done for a Godly Purpose

2. Done at Weekly Worship

3. Done in Proportion to One’s Income

4. Done in a Manner above Reproach

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Jesus Is Our Everlasting Father—Isaiah 9:6

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Levi Durfey

 

INTRODUCTION

 

For some folks, Father’s Day can be a sad day. There are those, like Tami and I, whose father has died. We have only the memories left. There are others whose memory of their father is not so good—he was abusive or alcoholic or he left or he was never there. 

 

For them, the relationship of a father is marred so badly that they even have a hard time dealing with God as a Father. They’ve only experienced a father as someone who was self-centered and temporary.

 

I hope I can help by showing:

 

  • First, surprisingly, Jesus the Son of God is a father to us.
  • Second, Jesus’s fatherly relationship will never end.
  • Third, Jesus’s fatherly relationship is built on sacrifice, not on selfishness.

 

The text that we need to turn to is Isaiah 9:6—

 

 

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: And the government shall be upon his shoulder: And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 

 

This is normally a text that we use at Christmas. Now, we want to just look at one of these names of Jesus—“everlasting Father. ”

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Victory In Jesus—1 Corinthians 15:50-58

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Levi Durfey

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Unless the Rapture happens before we die, death is one thing that we all have to face. Even children will think about death from time to time. 

 

I still remember the first time I was scared because of death. I woke up screaming in the middle of the night. 

 

My mom came in and asked what was wrong. I told her, “I don’t want Grandpa to die.” Well, Grandpa wasn’t sick or anything like that—he didn’t die until many years later, but I was bothered for some reason. 

 

Chronologically, the events are fuzzy to me, but somewhere around the same time, my cousin, who was the same age as I was, drowned in the reservoir on their farm. 

 

So perhaps that event started me thinking about death and that people die. I had just realized that one day Grandpa would die.

 

Even as a Christian, death is still a painful thought—and it’s more so as a pastor—I’ve buried many friends and family members. 

 

But, as a Christian, death is defeated for me. Jesus has, through his own death and resurrection, given me and every believer victory over death.

 

In this passage, we will learn about this victory over death. We begin with…

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Comparison Shopping For Adams—1 Corinthians 15:44b-49

INTRODUCTION

 

When you are trying to decide between the different options of something that you want to buy—like a toaster—what do you do? You do a little comparison shopping.

 

For example, several years ago, when we had a minivan (and only four kids), Tami and I made some comparisons that led us to buy a suburban to replace the minivan.

 

We looked at gas mileage, and the minivan won. It was better, by far. But we had other requirements

 

One of them was cargo space. When we went to Walmart in the minivan, we had bags in the back, in-between the seats, and under the feets! So, yeah, the suburban won that round.

 

Another thing I wanted to have was four-wheel drive. The minivan had front-wheel drive, which was pretty good in the snow, but I still managed to get it stuck in the alley once.The suburban won the contest, hands down. 

 

I’m sure you’ve made similar comparisons for everything from houses to what dish soap to buy.

 

In the passage we’re looking at today, there are two Adams that are being compared. That’s right, two Adams—you always thought there was only one Adam in the Bible, but there’s two.


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