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Love is the Last Word (36 of 36)
Series: Saints Gone Wild
1 Corinthians 16:13-24
While serving as a staff pastor in our previous church, I remember receiving a loving exhortation from my wife. This is the gist of what Lori said to me: "Keith, when you teach your adult Sunday school class of 30-40, you are so passionate, yet whenever you preach to the entire church family, your passion wanes. You rise or sink to the level of your listeners." Ouch! Lori put her finger on a blind spot in my life. You see, in my adult Sunday school class, I had 30-40 people who brought their Bibles to class, eagerly leaned forward when I spoke, and hung on every word that I said. Now contrast that with the preaching service where there were 300-400 people that seemed to struggle just to stay awake. I was passionate about my class because of their spiritual hunger and maturity. I rose to their level of excitement. In the Sunday morning worship services, I sank to the level of the lack of passion and interest in the body.
I received that rebuke from Lori and have been working on this weakness of mine ever since. For, as my chiropractic mentor, Dr. Greg Zimmerman, states, "On any given Sunday, only one or two people really get it. Don't be discouraged by the masses, instead focus on the one or two people that will truly get what you're saying." Today, I ask you this question: will you be one of the few that get it? Will you apply God's Word to your life and be changed? We have finally reached the conclusion of the book of 1 Corinthians. We are about to wrap up this year-long study. My prayer is that as we conclude this book we will all "get it." In 1 Cor 16:13-24 Paul will suggest that love is the remedy for church ills. In this passage, Paul provides three elements of spiritual maturity.
1. The Exhortations of Spiritual Maturity (16:13-14). In these opening two verses, Paul unveils five moral exhortations: "Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, ...
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