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The Ties That Bind - Love (2 of 4)
Series: The Ties That Bind
I Corinthians 13
INTRODUCTION: Church feuds have been known to happen but when the preacher and the choir director get into it, watch out. I heard about one church where the preacher preached on commitment, and how we should dedicate ourselves to service. The director then led the choir in singing, 'I Shall Not Be Moved.'
The next Sunday, the preacher preached on giving and how we should gladly give to the work of the Lord. The choir director then led the song, 'Jesus Paid It All.'
The next Sunday, the preacher preached on gossiping and how we should watch our tongues. The hymn was 'I Love To Tell The Story.'
The preacher became disgusted over the situation, and the next Sunday he told the congregation he was considering resigning. The choir then sang 'Oh, Why Not Tonight.'
When the preacher resigned the next week, he told the church that Jesus had led him there and Jesus was taking him away. The choir then sang, 'What A Friend We Have in Jesus.'
Is there a way to avoid division in the church? Yes - it's called LOVE. I'm in sermon series entitled "The Ties that Bind." Paul wrote the 1 Corinthian letter to a church that was at war with itself. Part of the problem was that some of the church members had supernatural gifts such as prophecy, healing, miraculous powers and speaking in tongues, while others did not. The "haves" were acting all superior to the "have-nots." The "have-nots" were envious and jealous of the "haves." In his letter Paul gives principles that will bind a church together if internalized and applied. ANY church. Friends we need to study this letter hard and make sure we're practicing these principles not as cure but as PREVENTION. We do not ever want to get ourselves into a situation like the Corinthians where we are broken, divided and stymied by bad attitudes and immaturity. The best way to prevent that from happening is to learn from OTHER peop ...
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