Series: Getting Things Straight (21 of 28) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 41 and 42 of a 56 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 41: Love Is…
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

I. The Dimensions of Love.

A. Love-the essence of God's Being. 1 John 4:16
B. Love-the epitome of Divine demands. Matthew 22:38-40
C. Love-the evidence of saving faith. 1 John 4:20-21
D. Love-the effect of Spirit's activity. Galatians 5:22
E. Love-the expression of Christian uniqueness. John 13:35

II. The Description of Love.

A. Love is longsuffering. (Gk. lit. "long wrathed.")
e.g. Hebrews 6:15; 2 Peter 3:9
B. Love is kind. (Gk. also tr. gentleness, goodness.)
e.g. Matthew 11:30; Romans 2:4; Galatians 5:22
C. Love is not envious. (Gk. also tr. zealous)
e.g. James 4:2…("the desire to have.")
D. Love is not boastful. (only use in N.T.)


Part 42: Love Is No. 1
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 13:8-13

With the emphasis on the gifts of the Spirit in Corinth there had been a corresponding underemphasis on love, and considerable strife had resulted. Paul carefully pointed out the superiority of love to all the gifts.

I. Love Is Superior to the Gifts.

A. Because of the limitations of Gifts.
1. Gifts will be terminated. v. 8
a. End of apostolic era?

b. Completion of canon of Scripture?

c. When Christ returns?

d. At different times? (cf. vv. 8-9)

2. Gifts can be overrated. v. 9
a. Gifts are less than the Revelation ("part").

b. Gifts are limited by the recipients.

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