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C S 7x FBC, SPRINGDA1E (11-2-86 P~f
"THE GREATEST IS LOVE"
1 Corinthians 13:13
Intro-ductionr:- ThLe auth&or of th-a- great book and verse was a
missionary, an evangelist, and a pastor at heart. Fran years
of walking with God I hear him saying that the greatest in-
gredient in a great church is LOVEI
To have a church without love is like having a football game
without a football or having a Bible study without a Bible.
This love mentioned in this text is "agape love"--This love
is an expressed given love without expecting anything in
Since the greatest thing Paul said we could do is love who are
we to love:
1. IE THE SAVIOR. (Psalm 116:1-8)
Exp: This psalm you hear the thankful and loving response
of a man to a loving God. He knew that the Savior
loved him (Romans 5:8 and John 3:16)
Ill: How did Jesus love us? Willfully, Unconditionally,
and sacri ficially. (Appeal evangelistically)
*We need to fall in love with Jesus and share with
Him our love for Him for who he is and what he has
App: Do-you love Jesus tonight? When is the last time
that you told Jesus you- luved harme
Ill: Church of Ephesus lost their first love (Rev. 2)
2. W\IE THE SAIN.
Exp: 1 John 4:11 "Beloved, if God so loved us, we also
ought to love one another."
1 John 4:20-21 and James 2:14-17
Matthew 24:12 'Iost people's love will grow cold."
John 11:35 "Jesus wept." (At Lazarus' death)
John 11:36 "Behold, how he loved him." (How Jesus
was seen to love Lazarus)
Ill: Sagemrxt Baptist Church in Houston, Texas is a
church filled with love--They assist the unemployed,
they care for their widows, pay hospital bills for
those in need. They not only say we love each other
but they donstrate that love for each otherl
App: Bow are we to love the saints--each other- The same
way Jesus loves you and me. Look around you--the
persons in this church. Do you love them willffilly ...
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