Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that in the New Testament they gave like a community pot. They put everything in one pot and they shared it. Turn with me please in your Bible to Romans 12:13. I’ve got a few illustrations of this and then we’re going elsewhere. Romans 12:13, let me start from the 12th verse reading above it. “Rejoicing in hope,” your King James Bible says “patient,” ‘enduring’ “in tribulation; and continuing instant in prayer,” really, ‘in prayer persevering.’ “Distributing to the necessity of the saints.” That word is koinonia. And I’m only talking about the verb. And I haven’t given you the exact conjugation of it but it’s koinonia. That is at the root, the word ‘money’ it’s talking about the necessity of the saints.

There’s another passage I’d like you to turn to because we’re going to read – I’ve got a few of them – we’re going to read off, if I can keep track of my notes up here, Romans 15:27. Start at verse 26 “For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers,” that word ekoinonasin which is at the root, the koino root, that word I’m speaking of.

It’s a verb now, being used as a verb: “partakers” to translate the word “partaking.” Listen to the spirit of this, “For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things,” ‘sharers of their spiritual things,’ “their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things,” material things, money things. Again it could be an ‘if this, then that’ if you want to take that approach but that’s what’s being said.