Love: The Preeminent Gift of the Holy Spirit

March 10, 2019 Speaker: Cameron Barham Series: Love: The Preeminent Gift of the Holy Spirit

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4–13:7

Key Truth: We are called to love others in patience and kindness in all aspects of their lives with an abiding love just as God has loved us in Christ.  

 


Introduction:

Who has loved you in patience and kindness in all aspects of your life with an abiding love?

 

 

Patience and Kindness: The Passive and Active Qualities of Love:

1 Corinthians 13:4-6


“Love is concerned to give itself, not to assert itself.”

Leon Morris, 1 Corinthians: Tyndale New Testament Commentaries

 

How has/is God loved/loving you by being patient with you?
How has/is God loved/loving
you by being kind to you?
What are some ways in which you are loving others in patience
and kindness?

 

The Total Breadth and Abiding Nature of Love:

1 Corinthians 13:7


“…no hardship or rebuff ever makes love to cease to be love.”

C.K. Barrett, The First Epistle to the Corinthians

 

How has/is God loved/loving you by bearing with you and your failures?
How has/is God
loved/loving you by believing in His image and gifts in you?
How has/is God
hoped/hoping in you in your union with Christ and indwelling of the Holy Spirit?
How
has/is God endured/enduring with you despite your imperfections and lack of knowledge?
What are some ways in which you are loving others this way?

 

Application:

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 teaches us that that we are called to love others in:
patience and kindness
- in all aspects of their lives with an abiding love just as God has loved us in Christ

 

“Love is not an idea for Paul, not even a ‘motivating factor’ for behavior. It is behavior. To love is to act; anything short of action is not love at all.”

Gordon D. Fee, The First Epistle to the Corinthians: NICOT

 

Communion

 

Benediction:

1 John 4:13-19