On the first day of the week, let each lay in store as they have prospered.*
Giving (collection or offering) for the Lord's work is another act of worship. By this means, THE GOSPEL can reach everywhere, the church can help the needy and cover its expenses. In giving, a child of God shows their love for the Lord. God gave to show His love for us (John 3:16), and so we are expected to give to support the Lord's work. 1 Corinthians 16:2 says it should be done on the first day of the week - the only day the Bible commands. Upon the first day of the week, we are to give as we have been prospered and not a certain amount. Many of the early Christians gave far more than a tenth (Acts 4:32; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7). Each gave as they were prospered, as they purposed in their heart (2 Corinthians 9:7). We do not read of the early church staging parties, BBQs and bingos, payment for kissing a cross, or community begging in order to raise funds. None of these were engaged in during the time of the apostles. Our visitors are NOT obligated to financially support the work of the church. They are encouraged to first give their lives to Christ by obeying THE GOSPEL. Then, as a member of the body of Christ, give as they have prospered with us.