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Giving with Purpose by Dr. Glenn Jago

“Giving with Purpose”

1 Corinthians 16:1-4

There are two perceptions toward giving that must be defeated, if the believer is going to be engaged in biblical giving with purpose as an act of worship. The first perception is giving out of duty; the second is giving out of feelings. Duty giving becomes performance driven; feelings giving becomes subjective driven. But the giving emphasized in the Scripture is giving out of God’s grace. Grace giving liberates the believer out of performance and emotion, by means of dependence on God’s blessings, which does not negate the responsibility for giving but provides the means and purpose for giving. By the way, every aspect of the Christian life is by grace through Jesus Christ.
Paul made it clear that giving is an act of spiritual worship requiring all of the believer being identified with all that is Jesus Christ. This identity does avoid being squeezed into the mold of the world as they are being continually transformed by means of the renewing of the mind. Now, presently, Paul makes clear that giving to God is to be purposeful giving. What is that?
Paul’s four-fold purposeful giving:
I. Responsibility for giving –
II. Readiness for giving – a
III. Rationale for giving – b
IV. Relationship in giving –

The Collection for the Saints

16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do.

On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.

On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.

And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.

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