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1 Corinthians 16 - Man up.

True toughness is making sure you and those you're responsible for are growing in the Lord.

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1 Corinthians 16 Summary

The Corinthian congregation was not an individual church, disconnected from the Ephesian, Galatian or Jerusalem churches. Jerusalem was in the midst of a terrible famine, and the other churches were collecting money to send to the church there. This passage reminds us that we are one church, which is found in many locations around the world.

On the first day of the week (v2) - People in Roman culture knew nothing of a 'weekend;' all days of the week were the same. Yet, we see that it was the early church's custom to meet together on the first day, in contrast to their society and also in contrast to the Jewish practice of meeting on the seventh day. We still follow this habit of meeting on the Lord's Day.

Dig Deeper

As a Christian, know and be prepared to be attacked at all times. Verse 13 tells how to do that:

Stand firm in the faith.

There are two ways you stand firm:

FIRST: Act like men

Our culture has no idea what the phrase 'act like men' means. Some will understand it as acting in a immature, juvenile way. In contrast to that, society is trying to soften men to the extent that they're no different than women. Neither of these extremes are what Paul means.

The Godly man that Paul wants you to emulate has at least three attributes. He: