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Jan 10 Sermon Notes and Questions

Fruit of the Spirit

Wk 2 Love, What is it Good For?

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

 1 Corinthians 13
​If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Everything-Love=Nothing

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 3:3
You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

1 Corinthians 4:7
For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

1 Corinthians 5:6
Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?

1 Corinthians 13:8-13

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:11
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.

1 Corinthians 13:10
but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.

Faith, hope, and love…

Why? Why is love greatest of these?

  1. Love is Essential
    1. Language w/o love in no good, what we do is more powerful that what we say
    2. Learning w/o love in no good, love is far greater than wisdom
    3. Living/leading/serving w/o love is shallow and empty
  2. Love is Expressive
    1. Love has certain attribute, (patient, kind, honors others, rejoices in truth)
    2. Love is action, we show love when we place others needs above ours
  3. Love is Eternal

I’d like to close with a few questions;

  1. Do you consider love an essential part of your life? Do you seek ways to put others needs before your needs? (there is of course a line)
  2. How do you show love to those in and around your life? (this could be anything from a simple smile, to helping someone move, to being there in tough times, etc…)
  3. Is your love partial? Do you love some people more than others? Remember, I’m not speaking romantically. I’m not asking you to love other people more than you love your spouse or kids. Have you ever withheld love because you didn’t personally like someone?

Bottom Line:

True Love Serves

 

Notes:

 

Small Group Questions:

 

  1. Read 1 Corinthians 13 (1-3), what do you think Paul means by his statement, “I gain nothing”?  Why is love the necessary foundation before prophesy, speaking in tongues, faith, etc.?  Would the process work in reverse (start with one of the others and build love later)? Why or why not?
  2. Read 1 Corinthians 13 (4-6), if you have a love that is described here, can you “lose” it or have it diminished into something less? Of the 14 or so descriptions of love given here, does one seem harder than the others to meet? Is there one that stands out that seems easier for you in your life?  If you were to counsel someone who is struggling in that area, what would your advice be?
  3. Darin gave the formula (Everything-love)=Nothing to summarize these verses in 1 Corinthians. Do you agree?  What are ways that love can grow in the life of a Christian?  Is it different for non-believers?
  4. Three translations for love in the Greek are: eros (passionate/erotic love), philia (brotherly love seen in strong friendships) and agape love (sacrificial/unconditional love).  The multiple words for love make it easier to understand what a speaker/writer would be referring too.  What are some of the examples of how we use the word love in the English language that make the word love not as powerful?
  5. Read 1 Corinthians (8-13), what does “love never fails” mean to you personally? Paul seems to be telling the Corinthians to grow up. What do you think he means when he tells that to them in his letter?  Paul tells the Corinthians that “When I became a man I put off the ways of childhood”, but Jesus also says that you have to be like one of these (little child/toddler) to enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Do these two statements conflict with each other?  Why or why not?

Continue to pray for the Church and for our country and that God will continue to work on people’s hearts both who do not yet know Jesus and for those that do that may be struggling.