by Donald Cantrell

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Limitless Love at Corinth (18 of 21)
Series: 1 Corinthians
Donald Cantrell
1 Corinthians 13:1-13

I - The Preeminent Value of Love (1 - 3)
A) Spectacular Speech ''Muted without Love'' (1)
B) Spiritual Strengths ''Meager without Love'' (2)
C) Sacrificial Servitude ''Meaningless without Love'' (3)

II - The Prevailing Virtues of Love (4 - 7)
A) Love Prevails Emotionally (4)
B) Love Prevails Selflessly (5)
C) Love Prevails Truthfully (6)
D) Love Prevails Outwardly (7)

III - The Permanent Validation of Love (8 - 13)
A) The Permanent (8a)
B) The Passing (8b - 9)
C) The Perfect (10 - 12)
D) The Preferred (13)

This sermon contains a fully alliterated outline with sub-points.

Theme: ''The greatest attribute a Christian possesses is love''

In chapter thirteen Paul is going to continue with his final thoughts from chapter twelve and he is going to teach us about what matters most.

1Co 12:31 KJV - But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

In this chapter Paul is going to help those Christians that have allowed their egos to run away with them. The church at Corinth was facing great difficulty from within due to its members chasing after the sign gifts and the showy gifts; many wanted these specific gifts so as to be in the limelight.

This is about the most egregious desire that a Christian can display. The Christian that is self serving and self promoting is erroneous and errant in their mindset if they think this is okay within the church. It is a vile sin and unlike anything a true Christian is supposed to do.

Jhn 3:30 KJV - He must increase, but I must decrease.

It does not matter how shiny or spectacular your gifts were if they were not executed out of a spirit of love, then your gift is being used in vain. What good is eloquence or prophetic utterances if they are not based upon love?

So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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