1 Corinthians 16: Travel Plans

Why might Paul have wanted money for believers in Jerusalem to be collected before he arrived ?

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1 Corinthians 16:1 Concerning the money being collected for believers in Jerusalem, you should follow the same practice as I have given to the churches in Galatia.
16:2 When you gather on the first day of the week, let the people give according to their earnings so no collections are needed when I come.
King James
1 Corinthians 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
16:2 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.

Why would Paul have volunteered to write recommendation letters?

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1 Corinthians 16:3 When I arrive, I will write recommendation letters for those you want to deliver your gift to Jerusalem.
King James
1 Corinthians 16:3 And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.

What do you think was the basis of Paul’s hesitation is saying for certain that he would be going to Jerusalem?

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1 Corinthians 16:4 If it works out for me to go as well, they can travel with me.
King James
1 Corinthians 16:4 And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.

What activities would Paul have planned for his journey to Corinth?

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1 Corinthians 16:5 After passing through Macedonia, I will come to Corinth.
16:6 and perhaps spend the winter with you. Then you can send me on my way to wherever I need to go next.
King James
1 Corinthians 16:5 After passing through Macedonia, I will come to Corinth
16:6 and perhaps spend the winter with you. Then you can send me on my way to wherever I need to go next.

Why would Paul have thought he might spend the winter in Corinth and not immediately go to Jerusalem?

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1 Corinthians 16:5 After passing through Macedonia, I will come to Corinth.
16:6 and perhaps spend the winter with you. Then you can send me on my way to wherever I need to go next.
16:7 This time, I don’t want to stay a few days and leave. The Lord willing, I want to stay awhile.
King James
1 Corinthians 16:5 After passing through Macedonia, I will come to Corinth
16:6 and perhaps spend the winter with you. Then you can send me on my way to wherever I need to go next.
16:7 For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit.

What would have led Paul to stay at Ephesus until Pentecost?

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1 Corinthians 16:8 From now until Pentecost, I will be at Ephesus.
16:9 Great opportunities for ministry exist here, although many people oppose me.
King James
1 Corinthians 16:8 But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.
16:9 For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

What to you think qualified Timothy for Paul to have said their ministries were alike?

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1 Corinthians 16:10 When Timothy comes to see you, rest easy, because he is doing the Lord’s work the same as I am.
16:11 Let everyone welcome him with open arms and send him with your blessing when he returns to me.
King James
1 Corinthians 16:10 Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do.
16:11 Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.

Why might Apollos have been unwilling to go to Corinth?

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1 Corinthians 16:12 I also wanted Apollos to come see you, but he wasn’t willing, not right now. He will come later, when the time is right.
King James
1 Corinthians 16:12 As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.

What about doing God’s will requires courage?

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1 Corinthians 16:13 Be sensitive to what God speaks to your heart, standing strong in faith, courageous in doing his will,
16:14 always in love.
King James
1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
16:14 Let all your things be done with charity.

What would Stephanas have done to be a good example for Christian behavior?

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1 Corinthians 16:15 You know that Stephanas and his family were the first of Jesus’ followers in Greece. They have been passionate about serving the Lord ever since,
16:16 and I want you to be that way. Let every one of you join our effort to make Jesus known.
King James
1 Corinthians 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
16:16 That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.

How did Stephanas and others become qualified for ministry?

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1 Corinthians 16:17 I’m thankful for Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, who filled your need for understanding and faith.
16:18 They were a wonderful encouragement to me, so recognize their desire to help you in ministry.
King James
1 Corinthians 16:17 I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.
16:18 For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such.

What was the basis for one group of believers recognizing another group?

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1 Corinthians 16:19 All the believers gathering in Asia salute you, recognizing your value. Aquila and Priscilla and those who meet in their house send you greetings.
16:20 All the followers of Jesus wish you well. Embrace one another in Christian love.
King James
1 Corinthians 16:19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
16:20 All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.

Who did most of the writing of 1 Corinthians?

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1 Corinthians 1:1 From Paul, called to be a messenger of the Lord Jesus Christ by the will of God, writing to you with the help of our friend Sosthenes.
16:21 With my own hand, I write these final words.
King James
1 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother.
16:21 The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand.

Why might Paul have wanted those who didn’t love the Lord to be cursed?

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1 Corinthians 16:22 If anyone doesn’t love the Lord, let that person be cursed. Our Lord is coming.
King James
1 Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

How do we know that Paul loved the believers in Corinth and wasn’t just concluding his letter with a courtesy?

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1 Corinthians 16:23 May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you richly.
16:24 I love you all who belong to Christ Jesus.
King James
1 Corinthians 16:23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
16:24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.