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Love, Better Than All Gifts (25 of 30)
Series: THE BOOK OF I CORINTHIANS
I Corinthians 13:1-13
February 9, 2005
In our last lesson Paul had compared the church to that of a human body with arms, legs, ears, and so on. As each member of the body is essential to the effectiveness and operation of the whole body, much in the same way, each member in the church--the body of Christ, is essential to the overall effectiveness of the entire church. God has given each believer a gift to carry out this function. Some are teachers, pastors, evangelists, some were apostles, some had the gift of knowledge--some the gift of helps, etc.
Tonight we move into chapter 13, which is often referred to as "The Love Chapter." Notice Paul states in (12:31), "But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet I show unto you a more excellent way." The more excellent way has to do love. Here's what Jesus said in Mark 12:30-31, "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Let me give you three points to our outline:
I. Love's Significance
II. Love's Manifestation
III. Love's Permanence
I. LOVE'S SIGNIFICANCE
A. The absence of love
1. Paul said, "Without love, I am no more than a tinkling cymbal." In (vs. 2), he continues: "Without love, I am nothing." And in (vs. 3), he states; I can have all these special gifts, but if I don't have love, it profits me nothing."
2. You know, there is a certain danger in the way we do things. The danger is in doing what we do out of necessity, rather than out of love. The danger is in serving faithfully but not lovingly. Do you know that there are many faithful preachers, missionaries, soul winners, teachers, deacons, and church musi ...
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