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oW)ig FBC, SPRINGDALE (11-2-86 PM)
"THE GREAtST IS LOVE"
1 Corinthians 13:13
Introduction: The author of this great book and verse was a
missionary, an evangelist, and a pastor at heart. Fram year,
of walking with God I hear him saying that the greatest in-
gredient in a great church is LOVE!
To have a church without love is like having a football game
without a football or having a Bible study without a Bible.
This love mentioned in this text is "agape love"--This love
is an expressed given love without expecting anything in
Since the greatest thing Paul said we could do is love who a
we to love:
1. LOVE THE SAVIOR. (Psalm 116:1-8)
Exp: This psalm you hear the thankful and loving respon
of a man to a loving God. He knew that the Savior
Lvedihim (Romans 5:8 and John 3:16)
Ill: How did Jesus love us? Willfully, Unconditionally
and sacrificially. (Appeal evangelistically)
*We need to fall in love with Jesus and share with
Him our love for Him for who he is and what he has
App: Do you love Jesus tonight? When is the last time
that you told Jesus you loved him?
Ill: Church of Ephesus lost their first love (Rev. 2)
2. - LOVE ME SAINTS.
Exp: 1 John 4:11 "Beloved, if God so loved us, we also
ought to love one another."
1 John 4:20-21 and James 2:14-17
Matthew 24:12 'ost people's love will grow cold."
John 11:35 "Jesus wept." (At Lazarus' death)
John 11:36 "Behold, how he loved him." (How Jesus
was seen to love Lazarus)
Ill: Sagemont Baptist Church in Houston, Texas is a
church filled with love--They assist the unemploye(
they care for their widows, pay hospital bills for
those in need. They not only say we love each othE
but they demonstrate that love for each other!
App: How are we to love the saints--each other! The sa
way Jesus loves you and me. Look around you--the
persons in this church. L)o you love them willfull)
unconditionally, and sacrificially? ...
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