Restoring Relationship Wrecks (2 of 8) by Rick Ferguson

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RESTORING RELATIONSHIP WRECKS (2 of 8)
HIGH-VOLTAGE LOVE
(An exposition and application of 1 Corinthians 13)
Dr. Rick E. Ferguson
1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Matthew 5:23-24, Matthew 18:15-
20

Open the service by having the congregation stand and
read 1 Corinthians 13 aloud.

Introduction: The Apostle Paul wrote these words in
a letter to the church located in the ancient Greek
city of Corinth.

The Corinthian church needed to hear this inspired
lesson on love, because they were really having a hard
time loving one another.

EX. In the first three chapters of this same letter,
Paul accuses them of acting like immature little
children because they are divided into political
factions and personality cults.

(Read 1 Cor 1:10-12 NKJ)

EX. Later in chapter six, Paul scolds them because
some of them were going to court to settle their
disputes. They were actually suing each other rather
than seeking biblical remedy for their disagreements.

This was a church that had very little love going on.


Introduction: How many of you have heard a church or
a pastor accused of only being interested in a
person's money?

Those accusations may be true of some pastors and some
churches, BUT, they are never true in reference to
God.
- There is something that is of far greater
concern to God than our money or our giving
habits.
- There is something that is of far greater
concern in the heart of God than the amount of
offering you give or don't give today.

In fact, within the Body of Christ, it may be the more
important to God than anything else, BECAUSE, God said
THIS IS THE ONE THING THAT TRUMPS ALL OTHERS IN
PRIORITY.

And this one thing that trumps all other things in the
life of Christ Body is OUR LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER -
RELATIONSHIP WITHING THE BODY.

LET ME TRY TO EXPLAIN WHAT I MEAN as you are locating
MATTHEW CHAPTER FIVE:

In large group gatherings there are certain unwritten
rule ...


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