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Love Is...The Most Excellent Way

February 13, 2022 Speaker: Darren McCormick Series: Love Is...

Topic: Love Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:31– 13:3

  • Many people are familiar with 1 Corinthians 13 but few understand the meaning of the chapter & words within it.
  • 1 Corinthians 13 has been read many times at weddings.
  • 1 Corinthians 13 is very different than Psalm 23.
    • 1 Corinthians wasn't written as a piece of standalone material.
  • 1 Corinthians 13 is a part of correction to the church of Corinth on practices, behavior, & how to reach the lost.
    • Paul was saying in chapters 11-14 "STOP IT!"

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:31b-13:3

Some Scary Realities

1. We can do the whole church thing without love.

  • We can go through the motions & not have love be a part of it.
  • The gift of tongues --> the Holy Spirit gives the ability to a human in which they were able to speak a different language they have never spoken or learned.
  • Paul was not knocking the gift.
    • Some people were boasting about the gift while others hadn't received the same gift.
  • People do not look at worship the same way God looks at worship

2. We can do ministry & church leadership without love.

  • The gift of prophecy --> the ability to proclaim God's Word well.
  • When looking for leadership, ask, "How well do they love?"

3. You can make great sacrifices without love.

  • Our culture promotes the more you love someone, the more you will spend on them.
  • People have mixed emotions about giving large gifts.
  • What really matters to God is the reason why someone gives.
  • A person can give their very life without love & it won't gain them a single thing.

4. We can do life without love.

  • We can all do our jobs, live in marriages, have friendships, etc without love.

The upside --> There's the fact that there are incredible possibilities that run counter to the scary realities.

  • All we have to do is include love in what we do.

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