by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 9 and 10 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 9: What About Shaky Marriages?
Series: Christianity Q and A
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Marriages become shaky for a number of reasons, and there are numerous helpful ways of handling the problems. But there is one ingredient that all marriages need-"agape" love. What it is and how it is experienced should top every marital agenda.

I. Dimensions of Marital Love.

A Physical and sexual attraction and fulfilment-"Eros."
B. Friendship and companionship-"Philia."
C. Commitment to the other's well-being-"Agape."
1. A matter of duty. 1 Corinthians 14:1
2. A ministry of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22

II. Descriptions of Marital Love. vv. 4 8a
N.B. Love is more than a feeling-it behaves!

A. Love suffers long-"Makrothumia."
1. Purpose.
2. Limits.

B. Love is kind.
1. Generosity of spirit.
2. Leads to repentance. Romans 2:4

C. Love is not jealous.


Part 10: What Exactly Is Materialism?
Series: Christianity Q and A
Stuart Briscoe
Matthew 6:19-34

Ivan Boesky told the graduating class at Berkeley, "I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself." Not many people would openly agree with him, but we all have to struggle with our attitudes to material things.

I. What Is Materialism?

A. Ancient views that material is evil.
1. Asceticism.
2. Epicureanism.
3. Contradicted by creation and incarnation.

B. Contemporary views that material is everything.
1. Communism.
2. Capitalism-in many forms.
3. Contradicted by Christ. Luke 12:15

C. Common view that material is somewhere in between.
1. A matter of "storing." v. 19
2. A matter of "seeing." v. 22
3. A matter of "serving." v. 24
4. A matter of "seeking." v. 32

II. What Is Wrong with Materialism?
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