The Question About the Offering for the Lord’s People
1Now I want to deal with the offering of money for the Lord’s people. Do what I told the churches in Galatia to do. 2On the first day of every week, each of you should put some money aside. The amount should be in keeping with how much you’ve made. Save up the money so you won’t have to take an offering when I come. 3When I arrive, I’ll send some people with your gift to Jerusalem. They’ll be people you trust. You can choose them yourselves. I’ll give them letters to explain who they are. 4If it seems good for me to go to Jerusalem too, they can travel with me.
What Paul Asks for Himself
5After I go through Macedonia, I’ll come and see you, since I’ll only be passing through Macedonia. 6I might stay with you for a while, and even spend the winter. Then you can help me on my journey, wherever I go after that. 7I don’t want to see you now while I’m just passing through. Instead, I want to spend some time with you, if the Lord allows that. 8But I’m going to stay here in Ephesus until the day of Pentecost. 9A door has opened wide for me to do some good work here, even though there are also many people who oppose me.
10When Timothy comes, make sure he has nothing to worry about while he’s with you. He’s doing the work of the Lord, just as I am. 11So don’t let anyone treat him with disrespect. Send him on his way in peace so he can return to me. I’m expecting him to come back along with the others.
12As for our brother Apollos, I tried my best to get him to come to you with the others, but he really didn’t want to. He’ll come when it’s a better time.
13Be on your guard, remain strong in the faith, be brave, 14and be loving in everything you do.
15You know that the first believers in Achaia were from the family of Stephanas. They’ve spent all their time serving the Lord’s people. Brothers and sisters, I’m asking you 16to follow the lead of people like them. Follow everyone who joins in the task and works hard at it. 17I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus arrived. They have provided me with what you couldn’t give me. 18They refreshed my spirit, and yours also. People like them are worthy of honor.
19The churches in the province of Asia send you their greetings.
Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets in their house.
20All the brothers and sisters here send you greetings.
Greet one another with a holy kiss.
21I, Paul, am writing this greeting with my own hand.
22If anyone does not love the Lord, let a curse be on that person! Come, Lord!
23May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.
24I give my love to all of you who belong to Christ Jesus. Amen.