by Rex Yancey

What Matters Most
Rex Yancey
1 Corinthians 13

What matters most in Christianity? What matters most in the life of the church? If I gave each of you a chance to answer those questions, I am sure there would be a multiplicity of answers.

The Apostle Paul told the Church at Corinth that love is what matters most. God poured out his love for us by sending his Son, Jesus to die for us. Jesus demonstrated his love by dying on the cross for us. The Spirit of God filled us with the love of God when we got saved. However, we can lose that love for God and for each other.

The Church at Laodicea left their first love. Have you ever dropped an Alka-Seltzer in a glass of water and it was so old it lost its fizz? Have you ever failed to place the cap back on the coke correctly and you pour it out and it had lost its fizz?

One man put it like this: You know when I first got married; when I got home my little dog would meet me and run around the house and bark. My wife would bring my sandals to me. Now, after seven years of marriage, I come home, the dog brings my sandals to me and my wife runs around the house barking!

As we think about getting ready for a new pastor, I want to tell you what matters most from this passage of scripture.

1 Corinthians 13 lays between a chapter dealing with the theological foundation for spiritual gifts and a chapter dealing with practical instruction related to spiritual gifts. You will remember that this church was the most gifted church in the New Testament. However, they were characterized by warring parties, political factions, tolerating open sin, confused about gifts, disputes among members, pollution of the communion services, serious doctrinal problems, and exemplified stinginess.

Paul will exercise his apostolic authority and give directives to this church. He is trying to help them sort out their issues so they can function as a church ought to. He writes about one dynamic thing that can turn everythin ...

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