In 2 Corinthians 8-9 Paul had to appeal to the Corinthians time and time again to fulfill a promise they had made to fund ministry in Jerusalem. The Corinthians got all revved up, made some bold financial vows, challenged others to join with them in giving to the ministry’s needs, momentarily got preoccupied and then … ditched – abandoned their pledges to give to the need.
That unfortunate scenario has fallen like a soggy blanket over some who call Cornerstone their church. As a result, the church budget has been pared down, effective ministries have been reduced, the pastors and staff have taken salary cuts, and financial momentum is waning.
Paul didn’t seem too worried. He knew Godly people would make a great come back. He did know, however, that he had to continually encourage and guide the people in the matter of consistent giving. To do this, Paul simply gave the Corinthians a very manageable strategy that worked well.
This strategy worked for the Corinthians, it will work for us. It looks like this:
1 Corinthians 16:1 – Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. (1) On the first day of every week, each one of you should (2) set aside a sum of money (3) in keeping with your income, (4) saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
1. “On the first day of every week” (Sunday) … – Give regularly
2. “Set aside a sum of money” … – Give according to a set plan
3. “In keeping with his income” … – Give proportionally
4. “Saving it up so that” … – Give intentionally
If we start with this simple strategy we will see God move.