by Ed Rowell

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What's Love Got to Do with It? (3 of 5)
Series: A Gift Worth Giving
Ed Rowell
1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
August 20, 2000

(This sermon is an example of what I call "integrated preaching." Instead of having worship first, followed by a 35-minute monologue, I break the sermon into segments, sometimes two, sometimes three. We intersperse the teaching with creative elements, drama, music, etc. that serve as illustrations to the message.)

This morning we are continuing a study through a key passage in the Bible that tells us how to live life together as the Body of Christ. It is often called the love chapter. Let's read it together. (read I Corinthians 13:1-13)

We'll look at this powerful passage a little later this morning. Unfortunately, too many of us have gained our understanding of love, not from God's word, but from those old love songs we grew up with. Anyone here remember the love songs that were popular when you were young?

(We had musicians sing one verse each of popular love songs from each generation)

Teaching 1: The Search for a Perfect Love

We begin our search for a perfect love this morning by examining romantic love. How much of our understanding and expectation about perfect love comes from the songs we sing? Popular music tells us that perfect love is a form of spontaneous combustion—"(example)" Popular music tells us you "can't stop that lovin' feelin', who-o that lovin' feelin'. Popular music tells us "love will keep us together."

When I think of a great love, I think of my grandparents. Ethel Cones and Willis Hedgecoke were married in February of 1933, which by all accounts was a pretty tough year to start a life together.

I'm not sure that my grandparents ever really knew when the Depression was over. Life was always pretty hard for them and they never accumulated anything of great value. They didn't have indoor plumbing until the 1970s. Grandpa drove the same 1955 Chevy Apache pickup for ov ...

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