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Restoring Relationship Wrecks (2 of 8)
Series: High Voltage Love
Dr. Rick E. Ferguson
1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Matthew 5:23-24, Matthew 18:15-20
An exposition and application of 1 Corinthians 13
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 rules of etiquette, they are just common courtesy guidelines.
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