I. Paul addresses the collecting of support for the saints.
PAUL’S COLLECTION (16:1–4): The apostle gives directions concerning an offering the Corinthian church is taking.
A. Why it is being received (16:1): It is for the needy believers in Jerusalem.
B. When it is to be taken (16:2a): On the first day of every week.
C. What amount is expected from each person (16:2b): The amount will depend on each person’s income.
D. Who will deliver the money to Jerusalem (16:3–4): The Corinthian church will choose these individuals.
II. Paul details his travel plans and those of his coworkers.
PAUL’S COMMITMENT (16:5–9)
A. He promises to visit them in Corinth in the near future (16:5–7).
B. He plans to stay in Ephesus for the present (16:8–9).
1. When he will leave (16:8): He plans to stay until Pentecost.
2. Why he will stay (16:9): God has opened up a great preaching opportunity for him.
PAUL’S COWORKERS (16:10–12, 15–20): He mentions seven of his companions.
A. Timothy (16:10–11): Paul requests two things in regard to Timothy.
1. “Treat him with respect” (16:10): When he comes, they are to warmly welcome this servant of the Lord.
2. “Send him on his way with your blessings when he returns to me” (16:11).
B. Apollos (16:12): Paul has begged Apollos to visit the Corinthians, but the latter feels the timing is not right.
C. Stephanas (16:15–16): This godly man and his family, Paul’s first converts in Greece, will soon visit the Corinthians.
D. Fortunatus and Achaicus (16:17–18): These fellow believers have just arrived to encourage and assist Paul.
E. Aquila and Priscilla (16:19–20): They and the church that meets in their house send greetings.
III. Final instructions/principles for living. (challenges)
IV. PAUL’S CHALLENGES (16:13–14)
A. “Stand true to what you believe” (16:13).
B. “Everything you do must be done with love” (16:14).
V. PAUL’S CLOSING WORDS (16:21–24)
A. Anathema (16:22a): “If anyone does not love the Lord, that person is cursed.”
B. Maranatha (16:22b–24): “Our Lord, come! May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love to all of you in Christ Jesus.”
I. Be On Your Guard
A. This can mean to guard against things that would be a threat to the church and the Christian life.
B. It could also mean to be alert.
1. Alert to false teachings.
2. Alert to opportunities.
3. Alert to the Second Coming.
II. Stand Firm in the Faith
A. This, I believe, has to do with doctrine.
B. What we believe determines our lifestyle.
C. Later, Paul told Timothy to watch his life and doctrine closely (1 Timothy 4:16).
III. Be Men of Courage; Be Strong
A. He is telling them not to give in to the pressures of this world.
B. The Christian is to be transformed (Romans 12:1–2).
C. The Christian is to set his, or her, heart and mind on things above (Colossians 3:1–2).
IV. Do Everything in Love
A. Love is the great problem-solver.
B. His teaching in Chapter 13 would enable every church or individual to solve their problems.
A. He greets people who have served with him and who have refreshed him (vv. 15–18).
B. He extends greetings from others with a special mention of Aquilla and Priscilla (vv. 19–20).
C. He closes this epistle with a greeting written in his own hand (vv. 21–24).