Vs. 2, “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” While these instructions deal with a missionary offerings, the principles apply to Christian giving in general. A church member owes it to the Lord and to his church to bring his or her tithes and offerings to the church. In fact, a church member who has the capacity to give, but does not…is stealing from the Lord! Our lives, our money, our possessions have never been ours…it belongs to the Lord. Therefore, we must give what we have and give it freely! Tithing was a practice that was done even before the LAW came, so this is not a matter of legalism.
Regarding application…Changing Leaders. Vs. 10, “If Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord, just as I am.” Its never easy having change and especially change in leadership. But we must embrace new leaders and realize they are carrying on the work of the Lord. Even our own church at CTC lost one of our paid staff recently. Let’s ensure that we cherish the time we have with each other. The passing of the torch will come in all of our lives. Paul showed his love by making sure there would be shepherds to take over the flocks!
Vs. 1, “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.” The main audience to this letter would be the Greek Gentiles. One of their stumbling blocks would be their unbelief in resurrection of the dead. Paul reminds them of the undeniable fact of Jesus’ resurrection and how because of that reason they are saved. He goes on to share some of his points on why the resurrection of the dead is such an important doctrine to the Christian faith. We are reminded of the wonderful fact that we all will be resurrected and one day live with Jesus! Therefore, we must do everything we can to grasp that hope and never take for granted the bodies He gave us for His glory!
Regarding application…Victory. Vs. 57, “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” We have no reason to give up because Jesus has conquered sin and death! If you really believe in the resurrection and return of Jesus, the end of this chapter should characterize your life. The best is yet to come!!! So let us give Him our best now…in all that we do! It’s never easy giving 100% and believe me…I was a total slacker in high school. But, never underestimate the power and motiviation that Jesus can give us to conquer any obstacle (School, relationships, careers, life choices, families) in our lives! The victory has already been won…all we have to do is join fight and know one day we will truly rejoice in the final victory for eternity!