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to first Corinthians chapter 12
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starting verse 29 we will be in chapter
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13 today but that's where we're going to
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start
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as you may recall we're technically in
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the book of acts
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and then you might say why are we in
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first corinthians
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we're in first corinthians because when
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we got to acts chapter 2
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we saw the holy spirit fall on the
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people and we saw the gift of tongues
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the first appearance of the gift of
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tongues
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and of course the book of the acts shows
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the
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formation and the foundation of the
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church
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and as pastor here i wanted to make sure
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people understood
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the spiritual gifts the physical gifts
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the ministerial gifts
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ministerial gifts of course ephesians 4
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starting verse 11.
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the motivational gifts we'll call them
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are personality driven gifts or romans
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chapter 12 starting in verse 6.
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and then paul went on in first
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corinthians 12 to introduce us to
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something known
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as the pneumaticos that is the greek
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word for it
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and that of course are the spiritual
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gifts
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and typically they're called charismatic
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by some but that's technically incorrect
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the charismatic gifts are in romans
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chapter 12.
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how do we know that because that's the
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greek words that happen to be used there
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but paul has been dealing with this very
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childish immature selfish church they
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were caught up in all sorts of
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philosophies they had broken up into
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cliques
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uh denominationalism started in uh the
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church of corinth we see that
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right in the very beginning some are
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saying them of paul some of the cephas
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some of
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apollo some of jesus and they broke up
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into their little groups
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and were very immature they were very
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fleshly
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and when you go through first
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corinthians you're going to see the
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first 11 chapters actually deal
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with that fleshiness that that childish
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behavior that they're involved in
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now remember starting in chapter one
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paul did
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uh commend them for the fact that they
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had spiritual gifts and they were using
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them they were
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a body that had them but spiritual gifts
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are not enough
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there are a lot of people who claim to
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have spiritual gifts there are a lot of
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churches where those spiritual gifts are
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practiced
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but if they are practiced out of order
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or they are practiced
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lacking something that we're going to
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talk about this morning there's
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something that has to be added to
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spiritual gifts so that they are done
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properly they are done correctly
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so the apostle paul in first corinthians
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chapter 12 he begins describing each of
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these spiritual gifts he goes through
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words of wisdom and words of knowledge
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and the healing and speaking in tongues
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and things of that nature and even faith
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and talks to them about those and then
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talks to them about
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being one body remember last week we
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covered that in some detail
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we can't have a body that is all an
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eyeball
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no matter how pretty your eyes happen to
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be if you were just an eyeball
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you would be weird i just said we'd have
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to have somebody roll you to your seat
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and lift you up and blink for you maybe
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every now and then
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but he goes through this and he shows
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that there are differences and there
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there are distinctions and then he
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points out something really important
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that it is the holy spirit that
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distributes the gifts
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to individuals as he wills
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as he wills and in corinth what was the
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big gift that they were focusing on
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speaking in tongues what is one of the
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big gifts that are focused on today or
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is focused on today
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speaking in tongues and there's an
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erroneous teaching out there we talked
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about before that says
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hey if you don't speak in tongues then
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what
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you're not saved you don't have the holy
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spirit totally and completely false not
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true
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because if the spirit gives out these
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gifts individually as
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he wills as needed in the body does that
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mean that everybody else
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is not saved if they don't have that
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particular gift no of course not
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no of course not well let's uh start
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looking at
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verse 29 in chapter 12.
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and he states the obvious here he asks
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a question he says all are not apostles
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are they and remember
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he's going to refer back to ephesians 4
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he's going to refer back to romans 12
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and 1st corinthians 12. all are not
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apostles are they
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no the apostles was a ministerial gift
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there were very very few of them not
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everybody was an apostle of course
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he goes on to say all are not prophets
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are they
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no of course not all are not teachers
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are they all are not workers of miracles
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are they
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in other words the body works together
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the way god put it together and he has
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gifted each and every one of us
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differently
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than somebody else and remember if we
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all have the exact same gift
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well it would probably be a very
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ineffective gift
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because things would not get done in the
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body because we have other means within
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the body
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then some of these gifts might provide
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in verse 30 he says all do not have
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gifts of healing do they
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all do not speak with tongues do they
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and all do not interpret
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do they but he goes on to say but
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earnestly
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desire the greater gifts
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what is greater meaning better
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better the greater gifts and just pop
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down to
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verse 13 of chapter 13 for just a second
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there it says but now faith hope love
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abide these three
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but the greatest of these is love and
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that word for greatest is the same one
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for greater it's magus and the greek
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the greater gift is love and he's going
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to show us that
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when we get into chapter 13. so you
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ready
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put your seat belts on and let's get
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into it there he says
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if i speak with the tongues of men and
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of angels
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but do not have love i have become a
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noisy gun
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or a clinging symbol what does that mean
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what if what if we had a fundraiser to
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buy a big gong
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and we said it right here nick and karen
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and rose
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they'd do the singing the worship and
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then when it was my turn i'd get up here
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and i'd hit the gong
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and go sit down and dismiss you would
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that be effective
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it wouldn't be i saw the gong show i
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know how that works it would drive you
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out of here not a good thing
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and stop and think about that for just a
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second if you have that gift
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of tongues what is the benefit of it
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really what is the benefit of it there
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are some
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in certain circumstances but all the
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time
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all the time well let me give you an
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example let's say we're sitting back
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here somebody new comes in
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and they're walking down here and they
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fall on the floor
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the tongue speaker runs over and starts
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speaking to them and talks
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is that going to be effective maybe he's
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speaking or she's speaking in mandarin
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chinese
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and this person only speaks in english
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how is that going to help
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is that loving what does that person
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need
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hopefully not an ambulance but they need
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somebody to come
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pick them up right somebody to come pick
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them up and then of course some of the
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romans 12 gifts would kick in there
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that gift of service and administration
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why did they fall etc
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but these gifts are given to us for
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very practical purposes so
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tongues is not practical in all
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senses of the body and remember again
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that lesson i took you through a couple
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of weeks ago where i had you pick out
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your favorite verse
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in fact let's do that again let's do
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that again because we have some new
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people here
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find in your bible your favorite verse
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and put your finger there
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yeah you're all going to get to speak
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all at the same time
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on the count of three when i count to
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three i want you all to in a loud voice
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speak it
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all right ready one two
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three go
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i am so edified i don't know what any of
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you said
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and remember the purpose of the church
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the purpose of this body is so that we
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can come together
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love one another serve one another take
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care of each other's needs
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and in that particular instance that we
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just did or
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this person falling down tongues is not
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practical
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because everything we do in this body is
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to equip you and to build you up
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no matter what we do and so as we're
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thinking about these gifts
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as people are out there preaching oh
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you've got to speak in tongues you've
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got to speak in tongues
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why first of all is the holy spirit
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giving you that gift and if he's not of
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course they'll say well we can teach you
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how to do that
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and that leads nowhere definitely a road
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that leads nowhere
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but if your focus is on tongues in the
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sense that
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look at me and that's really what
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happens and this is not to denigrate
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anybody who speaks in tongues
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i'm not saying this just because i do
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not but
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the focus is not on you the focus is on
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everybody else
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your focus needs to move from self
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to everybody else right because if
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you're in it for yourself
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well you might want to find another
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church where that's all they do
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start on your own web page get get a
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blog and say look at me
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and this can be true with any of these
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gifts even
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we think something like the gift of
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healing
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i believe god still heals today but i
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also believe there are a lot of
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charlatans out there
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that want to separate you from your
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wallet but
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look at them they get all the attention
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right look at them look at them and
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people will line up in drugs
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or as i mentioned that uh prophet that
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karen and i came across
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20 some years ago the people were going
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to line up to see this guy
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because according to the church sign he
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was over 70
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accurate don't go
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don't go but all the focus again is on
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him
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that's not what these things are for the
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lord gives us these gifts
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in the body so that they can be used for
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the benefit
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of the body the benefit of the body so
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as we think about these gifts
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remove the spookiness and i think we did
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that last week when i covered those in
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first corinthians 12
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meaning people have all sorts of
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interpretations of these gifts
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start off with the fact that everything
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that is done
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through the holy spirit is for all of us
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for all of you within this body
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so he says again if i speak with the
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tongues of men
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and of angels and do not have love
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i become a noisy gong or a clinging
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symbol and that's true that's all it
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would be like it's a bunch of noise
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if you do not have love and of course
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this is the love chapter you're all
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familiar with it right you've heard it
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at a wedding somewhere
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i get asked to do a wedding can you do
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first corinthians 13.
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and you can use it in a wedding it's not
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actually the context of it but the love
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part is
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but first let's define love if somebody
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were to come up to you and
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and say how would you define love how
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would you describe it
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in uh coiny greek there are four words
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for love three of them appear
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in the new testament the first one which
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doesn't appear is storge and storge what
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kind of love is that
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that's a family love mom and dad the
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kids etc it's familiar grandma and
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grandpa
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that is a kind of a natural love then we
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move to the love that is
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most popular today and that is eros
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is it not it's where we get our word for
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erotic
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and there's nothing wrong on the surface
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with eros love
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because of course husbands and wives can
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share that eros love
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but it is more what can i get from you
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type of love
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it is and isn't that what the world's
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all about today
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what can i get what can i get from you
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and so it is more a taking
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it is more taking then we get to
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philly love phileo is kind of a
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brotherly love it's
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it's um an affection type of thing but
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it's also
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one that is well i'm going to have this
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strong affection for you this feeling
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for you as long as
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you do this and that etc it is a
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conditional love
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it is a conditional love then we come up
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to a type of love that the classical
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greeks knew nothing about
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nothing about and that is what love
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agape what is agape love agape love
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is the best love in the world it is an
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absolutely unconditional love now it
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doesn't mean
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that people cannot be held accountable
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for their actions
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they certainly can but we still love
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them
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you know if god didn't have
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unconditional love for us
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any time we fell by the wayside he would
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step in and could instantly destroy us
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right but he doesn't do that
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he loved us so much well remember no
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greater love have
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any man and that's that agape love than
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one who lays down his life for
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his friends and then jesus goes to call
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once he's speaking with his friends and
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what did he do he laid down his
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life for his friends we are to love
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we have to love jesus told us that we
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need to love one another the apostle
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john
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says they will know that you are his
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disciples
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why because you love one another you
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love
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the brethren and you know that's the
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biggest compliment i get from
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people who come in here never been here
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before that we have a really loving body
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and we do we have a really loving body
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they care about each other
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they pray about each other we meet here
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on sunday mornings and
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back in the prayer room back there we
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had about 20 or so people here this
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morning and they're praying for you
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why not for something to do
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they're praying because they love you
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and it's needed within this body
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you know any church has all sorts of
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problems popping up and by problems
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i'm not talking problems between people
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i'm talking about health issues and
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financial issues and things of that
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nature and we need to have
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constant prayer for those so we are
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commanded
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to love one another and husbands my
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wives i have good news for you
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your husbands are commanded to love you
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husbands love your wives it says in the
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book of ephesians
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what word do you think is used for agape
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i mean for love
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i gave you the hint
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i gave you the hint so what word is it a
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guppy love
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husbands are supposed to agape their
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wives
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just like christ did husbands love your
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wives
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just like christ loved the church and we
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are to lay our
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lives down for her and wash her in the
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water of the word and present her to us
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spotless and without blame but you know
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what god be love
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does not come natural does it it doesn't
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if it
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if if it was absolutely natural we would
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never see divorce we would never see any
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of these other problems because of
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that strong love bond if people would
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stick together
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people don't because they oftentimes
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enter
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into marriage with one of the other
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types of love
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sometimes it's lust sometimes it's
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infatuation
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and it's not a true spiritual
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love but you know something that's not a
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surprise because you can't have
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that true agape spiritual love unless
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you don't uh or unless you have what
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the holy spirit you got to have the holy
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spirit and of course with the holy
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spirit
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he gives us the true gifts what is the
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fruit of the spirit
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love it's love singular is
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love and then all these other things
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follow after it
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so we are to love one another and that's
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what paul
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is trying to get the attention of these
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guys for because they're not
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loving one another they are selfish they
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are doing
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everything for themselves they're
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letting people die
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starved to death when they're having
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their agape feast
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the certain cliques are getting food
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first and people who may only get one or
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two meals a week
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are starving because these people are
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not caring for them
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and then they have sexual issues the
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same type of thing
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lust or with many of them especially the
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stoics they were convinced that
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we're not to we're not to get married
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we're not to get married now
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we're not to be affected by the world
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and yet those were the ones who
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oftentimes fell into gross
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sin because you may say okay
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sex is off the table but you know
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something we have been made sexual
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creatures
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we have hormones within our body that
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produce
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some of that longing which is quite
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natural and what does paul
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tell them to do it's better to marry
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than to burn and there in that context
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is
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to burn with passion but find someone
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love them and commit yourself to them
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well he goes on to say
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if i have the gift of prophecy
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if i'm a prophet and know all mysteries
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and acknowledge some
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gifts of knowledge gifts of prophecy and
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if i have all faith so as to remove
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mountains but
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do not have love guess what i am nothing
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i am nothing because a lot of those
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things can be done with no love
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whatsoever no affection for anybody
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involved
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i can do those things i can do those
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things
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i remember uh and i won't say who this
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is
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but a young lady
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who was a serial adulteress divorced her
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husband
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and kept the kids and she uh married one
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of the guys that she was fooling around
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with and she put up a facebook post that
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said
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it's easy to be faithful when you're in
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love
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i found that to be very stupid
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there are a lot of people that can
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you're either faithful or not right
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if you've made that commitment then the
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love will actually
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follow it but if you haven't made that
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commitment
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well you're not faithful anyway and it's
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likely that this
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person is going to cheat on that new
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person in
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her life and this continues we have to
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have
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this love and this longing and this
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desire
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and you know something if you're having
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marital problems if you're having issues
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with your spouse your boyfriend your
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girlfriend
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well ask yourself am i in
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agape love and again that doesn't mean
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you cannot hold them accountable for
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things that they have done
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if they're cheating on you you
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definitely can hold them accountable
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doesn't mean you have to divorce them
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again i don't say especially for women
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don't stay with somebody who is abusing
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you physically
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we'll find you a safe haven if necessary
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but
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we need to get agape back into our
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environment we don't have all sorts of
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things that word is tossed around
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so it almost has lost its meaning it's
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almost lost its meaning
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for example i played golf yesterday and
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up until my game yesterday i loved golf
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it was not a good day after three halls
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i was ten over par
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it was it was sad but we said or how
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about how many of you love ice cream
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hey i know it's a trick question you
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love
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ice cream we say that we love all sorts
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of things or we make
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love now lately that's been friends with
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benefits have you noticed that
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but we we give that sexual experience
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we're making no you're not you might be
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making a baby but you're not necessarily
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making love
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if the love wasn't there to begin with
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you're not making it
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you're not but we love all sorts of
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things
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i love tacos which means i love tuesdays
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because taco tuesdays i don't know where
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to get tacos on tuesdays but
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i'm sure there are places around but we
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throw that word
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around and it just becomes meaningless
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you really don't have a gappy love if
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the focus
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is yourself i don't care what your
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condition is
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now obviously i do care about condition
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but what i mean is
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if the focus is always on you
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then there's a problem it's not agape
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love
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that you're having it is something else
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because we are commanded
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to love one another in the body it's not
20:35
just something idle that
20:36
passes by oh hi hi and when you say
20:40
how's your day going
20:41
do you really mean that when you're
20:43
asked that
20:44
you get asked that many times a day
20:46
right it's not necessarily
20:48
love it's just going through the motions
20:51
until one day you really tell them
20:53
how your day is going try that that'll
20:55
really stop them in the tracks because
20:57
people don't expect that to happen you
20:59
know they expect fine how's your day
21:01
fine and you move on but again not love
21:04
not love he goes on to say and if i give
21:08
all my possessions to feed the poor
21:11
and i surrender my body to be burned but
21:13
do not have love it profits me
21:16
nothing do you realize that some people
21:19
give so that they will get and by that i
21:21
mean get attention
21:23
go to churches that have this pew
21:26
donated by
21:28
and i understand you want some credit
21:31
well
21:31
god's going to give you the credit but
21:33
there are people who give so that they
21:35
will be noticed
21:36
or they will give so that they'll get a
21:38
special tax deduction
21:40
doing that act you can do that act
21:42
without loving anybody can't you
21:45
i know it because the government takes a
21:47
lot of money from us to give to somebody
21:48
else and i'm not convinced that the
21:50
government
21:51
loves us i'm more convinced of the other
21:55
way
21:56
but they can do it but it's not love
22:00
it's a benevolent dictatorship basically
22:03
to take your money and to give to
22:04
somebody else
22:06
now he goes into what love is
22:09
what love is and this is important
22:12
remember
22:12
everything in chapter 13 actually deals
22:15
with something
22:16
that he has talked about in earlier
22:18
chapters
22:19
some people get up to chapter 13 and
22:21
they go what is this doing here he was
22:23
just talking about spiritual gifts he's
22:24
going to talk about him in chapter 14
22:26
and chapter 13 appears out of nowhere
22:28
not true chapter 13 is where it is
22:31
because it needs to be there
22:33
and it points to all these things that
22:36
paul addressed to them earlier so let's
22:39
look at this
22:40
love is what what's the word hurry up
22:45
love is patient love is patient
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back in first corinthians chapter 11
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verse 20
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through 22 he is talking about them as
22:56
they are coming together
22:58
to share in the lord's supper or their
23:00
agape feast
23:02
he says therefore when you meet together
23:04
it is not to eat the lord's supper
23:06
for in your eating each one takes his
23:08
own supper first and one is hungry and
23:10
another is drunk
23:12
they're impatient they want what they
23:14
want at that particular time and so
23:16
paul is now addressing it in first
23:18
corinthians 13. he says love is patient
23:21
many of you are in here a patient
23:24
hurry up again no patience is hard right
23:28
it really is but i look at god who is
23:30
he's not willing that any
23:31
should perish but he is patient and
23:34
long-suffering toward us
23:35
so that as many people possible can be
23:38
saved why
23:39
because he agape loves us he loves you
23:42
did you know that
23:43
if you didn't know that you might not be
23:45
here today but he really
23:47
loves you love is kind
23:50
love is kind and by the way if you're
23:52
ever thinking of
23:54
getting married or you've got kids who
23:56
are getting married
23:57
tell them to take this test for
24:00
themselves and for their spouse
24:03
is he or she patient is he or she
24:06
kind need to find that out in advance
24:09
because i'll tell you after the wedding
24:11
night it's too late generally
24:13
to find those things out but love is
24:15
kind love is kind
24:16
in first corinthians chapter 8 verse 11
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through 13 the apostle paul says
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for through your knowledge he who is
24:24
weak is ruined in other words
24:26
he's talking about those who know that
24:27
they have freedom to do things that
24:29
others may not
24:31
such as eating something sacrificed to
24:33
an idol
24:34
and he goes through and explains that
24:35
all he had some of these people who
24:38
believed
24:38
that it was okay which it was but if
24:40
you're eating this meat
24:42
sacrifice two idols in front of somebody
24:45
that it causes
24:46
a problem for what what's going on there
24:49
that is not loving he is saying that is
24:51
not kind
24:52
it is not kind it goes on to say
24:55
for through your knowledge he who is
24:57
weak in the
24:59
faith and paul talks about those in
25:02
romans chapter 13 as well he says the
25:05
brother for
25:06
whose sake christ died and so by sinning
25:08
against the brethren and wounding their
25:10
conscience when it is
25:11
weak you sin against christ therefore
25:14
food causes my brother to stumble i will
25:16
never eat meat again
25:18
so that i will not cause my brother to
25:19
stumble now that's quite a sacrifice
25:22
but it's kind it's looking out for the
25:25
good will
25:26
of your brother such as for our
25:28
fellowship feasts this morning
25:30
kind people got together who love you
25:33
and
25:33
brought in food made it for you so that
25:36
you would all have something to eat
25:38
and oftentimes they're the very last
25:40
ones who get to eat the ones who
25:42
prepared it
25:43
they want to make sure that others can
25:45
get in there first
25:47
which i commend them for he goes on to
25:49
say
25:51
excuse me love is not jealous
25:55
love is not jealous in first corinthians
25:58
chapter 3
25:59
verse 13 he had talked to them about
26:01
this he says and i brethren could not
26:03
speak to you as
26:04
spiritual men but as
26:08
to men of flesh see they were very
26:10
fleshly group even though they had all
26:11
these spiritual gifts and manifestations
26:14
they were immature and fleshly he says
26:16
as to infants in christ
26:18
i gave you milk to drink not solid food
26:21
for you were not yet able to receive it
26:24
indeed even now you're not able for you
26:26
are still fleshly
26:27
for since there is jealousy and strife
26:30
among you remember
26:31
i'm a paul i'm of apollos i'm of cephas
26:33
i go to the assembly of god i go to the
26:34
southern baptist church i go to the
26:36
methodist church whatever it may be
26:38
we create these divisions and then the
26:41
jealousies
26:42
derive not a good thing but
26:45
he goes on to say for since there's
26:47
jealousy and strife among you
26:49
are you not fleshly and are you not
26:52
walking like
26:52
mere men so love is patient love is kind
26:55
love is
26:56
not jealous and love does not brag
27:00
and boast and what he's talking about is
27:03
these clicks there
27:04
in corinth in this big set of churches
27:08
these cliques that would break up
27:10
and they would start creating dissension
27:13
because they would boast again that i'm
27:15
a paul i'm of apollos i go to this
27:17
church i go to that church
27:18
my church has 5 000 members my church
27:20
only has 50 members
27:22
whatever it may be they start boasting
27:24
and bragging
27:26
but i like how paul turns it around he
27:28
says boast
27:29
not in yourself but in who jesus
27:33
god the lord he's the one who does
27:35
everything he's the one who provides
27:38
he goes on to say in first corinthians
27:40
chapter 1
27:42
verse 26-29 he says for consider your
27:46
calling brethren
27:47
that there were not many wise according
27:49
to the flesh that's why he picked me
27:51
not many mighty not many noble but god
27:54
has chosen the foolish things of the
27:56
world to shame the wise
27:59
and god has chosen the weak things of
28:00
the world to shame the things which are
28:02
strong
28:03
in other words it's really the weak who
28:05
accomplish an awful lot when you stop
28:06
and think about it because through our
28:08
weaknesses
28:09
we get to see his strengths we're made
28:11
whole
28:12
god has chosen the foolish things of the
28:14
world to shame the wise and god has
28:16
chosen the weak things of the world to
28:18
shame the things which are strong
28:20
and the base things of the world and
28:21
despise god has chosen
28:23
the things that are not so that he may
28:26
nullify the things that are
28:28
so that no man may boast
28:31
before god love does not boast
28:34
left is not boast if you start boasting
28:37
in yourself
28:38
well you're being foolish you're being
28:41
foolish
28:42
god didn't choose you to boast he
28:44
choosed you to
28:45
save you to fill you with the holy
28:47
spirit and so that you can be used
28:48
within the body
28:50
and it's really disturbing to see people
28:53
break up over these little things look
28:55
at me look at me look at me
28:57
and then when people don't look at them
28:58
what happens
29:00
well ask any of these hollywood people
29:02
whose careers ended maybe too soon for
29:05
them
29:05
got to be in the limelight but love does
29:08
not boast
29:10
in first corinthians 5 verse 6 he says
29:12
you're boasting is
29:13
not good and in that case he's talking
29:16
about
29:17
the church of corinth who had that young
29:19
man having sexual relations with his
29:21
father's
29:22
wife and what were the corinthians doing
29:24
they were saying look at us
29:26
we're a seeker friendly church we love
29:29
this guy
29:30
and what they were really saying is we
29:31
love sin it's acceptable to us because
29:33
after all we've got many within the body
29:35
who follow after the epicurean
29:37
philosophy and we see that in some
29:39
churches today
29:41
you may not have noticed but gay rights
29:44
have gotten to the point it
29:45
exceeds almost all other rights and many
29:48
churches now have
29:49
cropped up who are supporting homosexual
29:52
pastors
29:53
or promoting uh you know it's okay
29:55
homosexuality is okay and they boast
29:57
about it look at us
29:59
they're being corinthians really
30:02
i know we don't want to offend people
30:05
we're supposed to speak the truth in
30:06
love
30:07
but they would rather lie to them than
30:10
do that
30:12
you know our lies can end up sending
30:14
somebody to hell
30:16
because we need to let them know what
30:18
their condition is
30:19
now that doesn't mean we're out marching
30:22
and pointing our fingers at them
30:23
we speak the truth in love point into
30:26
jesus
30:27
pray for wisdom that gift of wisdom that
30:30
god will give you to communicate with
30:31
these people and do that if you love
30:33
them
30:35
does god love him absolutely he
30:38
absolutely does
30:40
he loved them as much as he loved you
30:42
and
30:43
the same son that was sent to die died
30:46
for them as well
30:47
now that doesn't mean they don't need to
30:49
repent and get out of their sin
30:51
but the same thing is true for any other
30:53
type of sin as well we need to repent
30:56
so love does not brag and in first
30:59
corinthians 1 31 there it says let him
31:01
who boasts boast in who
31:03
boast in the lord god boast in the lord
31:08
and then in first corinthians 4 verse 7
31:10
there he says
31:11
who regards you as superior
31:14
what do you have that you did not
31:16
receive
31:18
and if you did receive it why do you
31:19
boast as if you had not received it
31:23
do you realize that any of the talents
31:25
that you have even though you may have
31:26
worked really hard on them guess where
31:28
they came from
31:29
god god gives them to you
31:32
i look at my son nicholas he's
31:36
gifted in music works really really hard
31:39
at it but i also know that god has given
31:42
him a gift
31:44
that i wish i had at times oh i can play
31:46
the guitar
31:47
badly but i can play the guitar but he
31:50
has a gift
31:51
and we have other people here who have
31:52
these gifts of service in the body
31:54
amazing things that they do or people
31:56
who can teach or people who can
31:58
comfort others did you know that's a
32:00
gift too
32:01
sometimes it's hard to comfort how do
32:04
you comfort somebody who just lost their
32:07
spouse a loved one their mother or their
32:10
father that's tough
32:12
but through the holy spirit he may have
32:14
gifted you
32:15
that way or he may gift you just at that
32:17
time
32:18
for that particular instance he may do
32:20
that so we're not to
32:22
boast we're not to boast he goes on to
32:25
say
32:27
don't be arrogant love is not arrogant
32:30
and again that gets back
32:31
sort of boasting but thinking much more
32:33
highly of oneself
32:35
than you ought to and if you do that the
32:37
body starts to suffer
32:40
because no man no woman is an island you
32:43
exist
32:44
amongst a group of people many of them
32:46
who desperately need you to express
32:48
your gift or to love them
32:51
simple as that you know a gentle answer
32:55
it says turns away wrath
32:57
answering people in love or getting up
32:59
and offering them some type of comfort
33:01
at the very least that's very loving so
33:05
he goes on to say we're talking about
33:06
arrogance love is not arrogant
33:08
in first corinthians 4 verse 6 there it
33:10
says now these things brethren i have
33:12
figuratively
33:14
applied to myself and apollos for your
33:15
sake so that you
33:18
in us are set so that in us you may not
33:21
or you may learn not to exceed
33:22
what was written in behalf of of one
33:26
against the other well so that no one of
33:27
you will become arrogant in behalf of
33:29
one against the other in other words get
33:30
into the word what did we teach you
33:33
we're showing you we're showing you how
33:35
um
33:36
that i and apollos speaking of paul paul
33:38
and apollos
33:39
interact how they work together you know
33:43
paul planted apollos watered they're all
33:45
working together
33:46
why because they love you for your sake
33:48
for your sake
33:52
and let's get back to that sexual
33:53
immorality in first corinthians chapter
33:55
five
33:56
there it says starting in verse one it
33:58
is actually reported that there is
33:59
immorality among you and immorality
34:02
of such a kindness does not exist even
34:04
among the gentiles
34:07
that someone has his father's wife
34:11
and of course we can infer from that how
34:14
is this person having his father's wife
34:16
sexually he's having sexual relations
34:18
with his father's wife we don't know
34:20
anything about her we don't know if it
34:22
was his
34:22
mother or stepmother but he's having
34:25
sexual relations and again the church is
34:27
going ahead
34:28
we're great uh he goes on to say you
34:31
have become
34:32
arrogant you have become arrogant
34:36
and sometimes we become arrogant because
34:38
sometimes we will look at certain things
34:39
that are happening
34:40
now that's okay look look how accepting
34:43
you are
34:43
and you become arrogant when you place
34:46
yourself
34:47
up above the word of god
34:50
you become arrogant when you think well
34:52
yeah you know god said that but listen
34:54
to me i'm really in the know
34:57
reminds me i heard a pastor sometime
34:59
last year i won't name his name
35:02
you would know him if i did but he was
35:04
saying that
35:05
every now and then god comes to him for
35:08
advice
35:13
god has never come to me for advice not
35:16
but he's never come to you
35:18
for advice you know why he doesn't need
35:21
our advice if he took our advice
35:24
the world would be in a lot worse shape
35:26
than it is
35:28
but that pastor was being arrogant that
35:30
pastor was being arrogant he's lying to
35:33
the people too
35:34
i'll guarantee you he is so he's not
35:36
benefiting the body by making those
35:38
kinds of statements
35:40
that's arrogance that is blasphemy
35:44
you wonder is he going to be struck by i
35:46
wouldn't walk by him in a storm let's
35:47
just say that
35:49
let's say that
35:55
first corinthians chapter 4 verse 18 19
35:57
there it says
35:58
now some of you have become arrogant as
36:01
though i were not coming to you
36:03
in other words apostle paul's not going
36:05
to be back and these were the false
36:06
apostles that were appearing there now
36:08
he's not going to come back he said
36:09
they're arrogant i am coming
36:11
but i will come to you soon if the lord
36:12
wills and i shall find out not the words
36:14
of those who are arrogant
36:16
but their power if you are
36:20
so arrogant that you think god comes to
36:22
you for advice
36:24
well let's see your power behind that
36:28
would you believe somebody who told you
36:29
that no
36:33
you'd ask them to check their meds
36:34
probably
36:37
goes on to say love does not act
36:41
unbecomingly love does not act
36:44
unbecomingly and this comes out of first
36:47
corinthians chapter 7 verse 36 and this
36:50
is dealing
36:51
with a man who might want to get married
36:55
he's got a virgin that he's looking
36:57
toward but remember
36:59
they had the stoics there thought no no
37:01
can't get married they had the epicurean
37:03
saying just to have sex you don't need
37:04
to get married
37:06
but this man is looking at her
37:09
and i think there is a natural lust that
37:12
eventually comes along
37:13
that isn't necessarily unhealthy but he
37:15
wants her but based on these
37:17
philosophies
37:18
he cannot marry her perhaps if he's from
37:22
the stoic so might as well join the
37:23
epicureans but paul says
37:25
if any man thinks that he's acting
37:27
unbecomingly toward his
37:29
virgin if she has passed her youth and
37:31
it must be so let him do what he wishes
37:33
now this doesn't mean go have sex with
37:34
her
37:35
he does not sin let him marry her
37:39
let him marry her it doesn't act
37:41
unbecomingly
37:43
and unbecomingly is a big thing nowadays
37:48
we have men and women hooking up all the
37:50
time
37:52
all the time and you know when i was a
37:54
teenager
37:55
you'd often hear the girl say well he
37:57
told me he loved me
37:59
you know something if he had a gappy
38:00
love for you he wouldn't put you in that
38:02
position
38:02
but nowadays it's not just the guys it's
38:04
the girls too
38:07
which really surprised me but i guess i
38:09
shouldn't be surprised
38:10
because there's nothing new under the
38:12
sun but it doesn't act uncommonly
38:14
do the right thing whatever it may be
38:19
and ladies when it comes to sex
38:23
and the guy is giving you those kind of
38:24
lines think of it in another way it's
38:26
just like he's offering you drugs
38:29
he's offering you drugs that you don't
38:31
need you don't want shouldn't take and
38:33
has certain side effects
38:35
and love acting unbecomingly has side
38:37
effects
38:38
stds pregnancies and many other things
38:42
because do you realize when you engage
38:44
in sexual relations with that person
38:47
you too become one and when you engage
38:50
in sexual relations
38:51
with that next person you three have
38:53
become one because you're taking on all
38:55
the people that they've ever slept with
38:57
too but there is a spiritual component
39:00
there
39:01
and you're headed for heartache and
39:04
problems
39:04
and it'll devastate your relationship
39:07
and many of you have already experienced
39:09
that i know
39:10
love does not act unbecomingly
39:13
and so when you're going through this
39:15
when you're doing a spiritual assessment
39:16
when you're talking to your kids and say
39:18
here ask yourself and ask this potential
39:20
mate
39:21
these questions ask them if they're
39:24
acting unbecomingly
39:27
and i know that sex outside of marriage
39:30
is a real popular thing today
39:33
i consider sex outside of marriage
39:34
something like getting a tattoo
39:38
some of us get tattoos and i'm not
39:40
against tattoos all right
39:41
but some of us get tattoos when we're
39:43
really young
39:45
maybe it's somebody's name on your arm
39:48
and when you get older that person's
39:50
totally
39:51
completely out of your life you don't
39:52
have a relationship with him at all but
39:54
you still have the stigma of that tattoo
39:56
there right
39:59
don't put their name on you
40:02
or don't get a tattoo and again that's
40:04
not me being against tattoos
40:06
i don't i don't care one way or another
40:08
so love does not act unbecomingly
40:12
he goes on to say it does not seek
40:15
its own
40:18
agape love doesn't seek its own agape
40:21
loves seeks for you in first corinthians
40:24
10
40:25
verse 23 through 25 there he says all
40:27
things are lawful
40:29
meaning we're free i can eat things
40:31
sacrificed to idols
40:32
under certain conditions i can do
40:34
certain things
40:35
but not all things are profitable or
40:37
expedient
40:39
all things are lawful but not all things
40:41
edify and that's that greek word okay
40:43
that means not all things build up the
40:45
house they don't do that
40:47
and he goes on to say let no one seek
40:50
his
40:50
own but that of his neighbor
40:53
and that's a command that's an emphatic
40:56
don't seek your own if you're seeking
40:58
your own
40:59
and by the way as we're going through
41:00
these things i want you to do a
41:01
spiritual assessment of yourself
41:03
do i seek my own or am i caring for my
41:06
neighbor
41:07
seeking for your own is more self-love
41:10
than it is an agape type of love
41:13
and remember that's where we want to be
41:14
and if you find yourself falling short
41:16
in any of these
41:17
pray and grow and get mentored and these
41:21
things will begin to fall in place for
41:23
you
41:24
so let no one seek his own but that of
41:27
his neighbor
41:29
then he goes on to say love is not
41:32
provoked except in traffic
41:34
uh oh you know what i'm saying
41:38
love is not provoked agape love if
41:42
if god didn't have a godpy love if he
41:45
had filleto love i'm affection toward
41:47
you
41:47
under the following conditions then
41:50
you're going to have a problem
41:51
because his judgment could fall on you
41:53
at any particular moment
41:55
but with a guppy love it it's not
41:58
provoked
42:00
it's not looking for things to destroy
42:03
you with it wants to build you up not to
42:05
destroy
42:06
but in first corinthians chapter 1 verse
42:08
11 through 13 there he says
42:09
for i have been informed concerning you
42:12
my brethren by
42:13
chloe's people that there are quarrels
42:17
among you now by this i mean that each
42:20
one of you is saying and back to this
42:21
i'm a paul
42:22
i am apollos i'm of cephas and i have
42:25
christ
42:26
and he asked the important question has
42:29
christ
42:30
been divided and you realize that's what
42:33
happens with denominations
42:36
we are a non-denominational church not
42:38
because we're special
42:41
but we're a non-denominational church
42:43
because we don't want to be separate
42:45
from the rest of the body
42:47
and in this body we've got baptists we
42:49
have assembly of god people we have
42:51
methodist people we have people from
42:52
other
42:53
non-denominational churches and guess
42:55
what they're getting along
42:58
because christ isn't divided here oh
43:01
we'll divide
43:02
over things that are essential for
43:04
salvation perhaps if somebody comes in
43:06
here and says jesus did not die and rise
43:08
from the dead
43:09
well we're gonna have trouble
43:10
fellowshipping with that person
43:12
because they're a heretic it is a
43:14
problem
43:16
and here's one of my favorites he says
43:18
love does not take
43:19
into account a wrong suffered
43:23
do you guys have a record of wrongs i
43:26
know some people
43:28
i could have seen him 40 years ago and
43:30
they were complaining about somebody
43:32
back then
43:32
and you run into him and the
43:34
conversation takes up right where it
43:35
left off do you realize that this person
43:37
and they will go through this litany of
43:39
charges
43:40
but love doesn't do that you know if if
43:44
you do that you're going to end up very
43:45
angry
43:46
and frustrated and you're going to
43:47
frustrate people around you too
43:51
love does not keep account of a wrong
43:53
suffered
43:54
do you think that when you get to heaven
43:56
a scroll is going to come out with
43:57
every single wrong that you've ever done
44:00
that'd be
44:01
god's right to do wouldn't it
44:04
but no you're going to get there with a
44:06
clean slate
44:08
because jesus has washed all that away
44:10
and we need to have that same attitude
44:12
toward other people do you realize that
44:13
person that you hate jesus died for them
44:16
too
44:17
and do you realize that that one thing
44:19
that they did that upset you you
44:21
probably have done to somebody else and
44:22
upset them too
44:25
we don't want to keep an account of a
44:28
wrong
44:28
suffered there is not enough computer
44:31
memory or power in the world to keep
44:34
track of all that
44:36
god does keep track of it in heaven but
44:38
not for us
44:40
love does not keep account of a wrong
44:42
suffering and the corinthians
44:44
they were keeping account
44:48
in first corinthians chapter 6 verse 1
44:50
and verse 6
44:51
6-7 paul says does any one of you when
44:55
he has a case against his neighbor
44:59
dare to go to law before the unrighteous
45:01
and not before the saints
45:03
and remember i told you in greece
45:06
especially but around corinth
45:08
suing somebody was like a national pa
45:10
pastime they would do that for
45:11
entertainment
45:13
and so we take somebody within the body
45:15
who's upset with somebody else in the
45:17
body are they to go
45:18
out to the civil authorities to the
45:20
non-believers and try their case there
45:24
there may be certain circumstances that
45:26
that's the only route that you can go
45:29
but if you have a problem with somebody
45:30
else come talk to church leadership and
45:32
we'll sit down
45:34
and we will go through the right process
45:37
of it love does not keep account
45:41
of the wrong suffered and in verse six
45:43
and seven in first corinthians six
45:45
he says but brother goes to law with
45:47
brother and
45:48
that before unbelievers that should
45:50
never happen
45:52
actually then it is already a defeat for
45:54
you that you have lawsuits with one
45:55
another
45:56
why not rather be wronged why not
46:00
rather be defrauded if anybody
46:04
had a right to take into account a wrong
46:07
suffered
46:08
it would have been jesus he had been
46:11
scourged
46:13
he had been beaten about the face he had
46:16
his beard ripped out
46:17
he had those six-inch judean thorns
46:19
shaped in a crown pounded down onto his
46:21
head
46:22
he was hung up on a cross and people
46:24
were spitting at him
46:25
and they were shouting at him and do you
46:27
think he was there
46:28
if he could move his arms righting all
46:30
these wrongs
46:31
what did he say father forgive them
46:35
that's love father forgive them for they
46:38
know not what they do
46:40
that's love and to me that's incredible
46:44
i
46:44
i don't know that i could do that
46:47
could you we all want justice right we
46:52
demand
46:53
justice somebody does something wrong to
46:55
us well i'm going to get justice
46:58
road rage and so we have a couple
47:01
that were engaged in road rage and shot
47:03
and killed what a six or seven year
47:05
little boy
47:06
is a road rage but because they wanted
47:08
justice
47:09
this just happened a few days ago when
47:11
those people have been arrested
47:13
and elsewhere we can't do that love does
47:17
not
47:18
take into account a wrong suffered nor
47:21
he goes on to say does it rejoice in
47:23
unrighteousness
47:26
and you know people who are engaging in
47:28
unrighteousness want
47:29
more than anything else to get you
47:31
involved in it too
47:32
you know why because that makes it okay
47:35
that makes it okay yeah i'm doing this
47:38
but so
47:38
is he or so is she and you form your own
47:41
little weird click there we're the
47:43
unrighteous brothers
47:46
we don't sing but and can we sin
47:52
so it doesn't rejoice in unrighteousness
47:55
which
47:55
uh of course goes back to that first
47:57
corinthians chapter five and chapter six
47:59
where they were rejoicing over the sins
48:01
of this young man
48:02
calling themselves loving but they were
48:04
actually being hateful
48:06
it's not the same then he goes on to say
48:09
love rejoices with truth
48:15
with truth and talking about that lord's
48:19
supper paul
48:20
says in first corinthians 5 8 he says
48:22
therefore let us celebrate the feast not
48:24
with old leaven
48:25
he's talking about removing the leaven
48:28
nor with the leaven of malice
48:29
and wickedness but with the unleavened
48:31
bread of sincerity
48:32
and truth and truth when people are
48:36
engaged in sin is it important that they
48:39
know the truth
48:40
isn't that a loving thing to do now i'm
48:42
not talking about throwing rocks
48:45
but loving your brother or your sister
48:47
enough to tell them the truth
48:50
but oftentimes we don't do that because
48:52
we don't want to be embarrassed
48:54
well that's also not loving that's not
48:56
agape
48:58
love bears all things paul says
49:02
and but i'll tell you the apostles
49:04
especially paul
49:06
and peter they suffered a great deal
49:10
they beared all things they beared all
49:13
things
49:14
but paul in 1st corinthians chapter 9
49:17
talking about to
49:18
can't we uh bring along a believing wife
49:21
or
49:22
can't we be subject to some of the
49:24
goodness that's coming from you
49:26
but paul says there if others share this
49:29
right over you
49:31
do we not more nevertheless we did not
49:34
use this right
49:36
but we endure in other words we bear
49:40
all things so that we will cause no
49:42
hindrance to the gospel of christ
49:45
and that is so important sometimes
49:48
you just need to grin and bear it
49:51
because you love somebody enough to try
49:54
to win their soul
49:56
even though you're suffering during this
49:58
even though you put up with things
49:59
even though you have the right to have
50:01
something but you don't exercise that
50:03
right
50:05
because you don't want to be a hindrance
50:08
to them
50:09
it goes on to say
50:13
and we're in verse seven love also
50:15
believes
50:16
all things it bears all things it
50:18
believes all things
50:23
and by that
50:26
if you just read that on the surface you
50:27
might say well what do you mean if i
50:29
tell you a lie you're going to believe
50:30
it
50:31
no that's not the context the context is
50:34
it's always believing
50:35
for what's best for you love is
50:39
always believing what is best for you
50:41
that is also its great hope
50:45
he believes all things
50:49
and we're almost done then he goes on to
50:52
say it also
50:53
hopes all things it believes all things
50:55
it hopes
50:56
all things and again that hope is i hope
50:59
for the absolute best for you
51:02
i believe in you and i believe for the
51:04
best and i hope for the best
51:08
we don't always do that do we again
51:10
especially in traffic
51:14
i know i'm a common ordinary person too
51:17
it gets very frustrating out there and
51:20
so we stop believing
51:22
the best and we stop hoping for the best
51:24
instead we're hoping for the worse right
51:27
i hope you get a blowout on the way home
51:32
no that's not the gospel
51:37
it is in some vocabularies perhaps
51:41
so it hopes all things but it also
51:44
endures
51:45
all things you know sometimes
51:48
ministry and i'm talking in my position
51:51
any position
51:52
can be painful and you come across
51:55
things that man i wish i didn't know i
51:56
wish i didn't have to deal with this
51:58
but we do why because we love
52:02
and in first corinthians chapter 4 verse
52:04
12 dealing with this enduring all things
52:06
there it says and we toil
52:09
this is paul saying and we work with our
52:11
own hands
52:13
when we are reviled we bless when we are
52:15
persecuted we
52:16
endure in other words paul went in there
52:19
and he didn't make his living as the
52:21
gospel says that he can
52:23
from preaching he worked while he was
52:26
there
52:27
he worked and part of that is because
52:31
they had all these other false apostles
52:32
coming in
52:33
claiming things that were not theirs and
52:35
paul says you don't have to give us
52:37
anything we're going to be here and
52:38
we're going to serve you we're going to
52:39
work with our own hands we're going to
52:40
endure these things
52:45
he says in verse 12 if others share this
52:47
right over you that's first corinthians
52:49
9.
52:49
uh do we not more nevertheless we did
52:53
not
52:53
use this right but we endure all things
52:56
so again
52:57
that we will cause no hindrance to the
53:00
gospel of christ
53:03
and i could go on and on about that
53:06
and then he closes that section out by
53:08
saying that love
53:09
never fails
53:13
and this actually ties back to a passage
53:15
earlier in first corinthians when
53:17
paul is addressing the hebrews that
53:20
fell in the wilderness and why did they
53:22
fall
53:24
because of their lack of faith same
53:26
reason most of us fall
53:28
and this word uh for fail love never
53:31
fails is actually love never falls in
53:33
other words
53:34
love stands up and is faithful
53:37
this whole way let's give you a
53:40
different perspective on first
53:41
corinthians 13.
53:42
it's not just a wedding story
53:46
but love never fails
53:49
in fact in first corinthians 10 verse 8
53:51
and 12 speaking of what we just talked
53:53
about he says
53:54
nor let us act immorally as some of
53:56
those did and 23
53:57
000 fell in one day you can go back and
54:00
read that
54:02
therefore let him who thinks he stands
54:04
take heed
54:05
that he does not fall love
54:09
does not love does not fall
54:12
now now we get to the semi-controversial
54:16
part
54:18
and that is the question of whether or
54:20
not spiritual gifts are for today
54:23
i won't ask for a pull because i'm not
54:25
here to divide
54:28
but the passages that come up here
54:31
have divided churches for a long time
54:33
and that's primarily because they'll get
54:35
into
54:36
first corinthians 12 and then they'll
54:38
stop at this particular spot
54:39
and go see gifts are done away with
54:43
or some will just stop in first
54:44
corinthians 12 and say c
54:46
gifts are today and they'll ignore first
54:48
corinthians 14
54:49
that explains how to properly use those
54:52
but what does he say here he says
54:56
love never fails but if there are gifts
54:59
of prophecy
55:00
they will be done away if there are
55:02
tongues they will cease
55:03
if there is knowledge it will be done
55:05
away what can we tell from that
55:08
that somewhere down the line at some
55:11
time
55:12
these gifts will be done away with it
55:15
they will and i'll tell you when that
55:16
will be here in just a moment
55:18
but they will be done away with and so
55:22
people get to that and go see the gifts
55:24
are going to be done away with
55:26
and then they will try to explain the
55:28
win
55:31
and we'll get to that in just a second
55:32
he says right now for we know in part
55:34
and we prophesy in part why is it that
55:38
they only know in part and prophesying
55:39
part
55:40
because they have not combined that
55:43
gifting
55:43
with love everything they are doing is
55:46
partial and it's incomplete
55:48
lots of pieces of the puzzle are missing
55:53
for we know in part and we prophesy in
55:56
part
55:57
all right and here it is but when the
56:00
perfect comes
56:01
the partial will be done away and so
56:05
people will say okay when the perfect
56:07
comes
56:08
and then they'll come up with something
56:09
that's utterly ridiculous and has no
56:11
scriptural basis at all they'll say
56:13
when we finally got the word of god
56:14
complete the whole canon
56:16
that's when everything was done away
56:18
with there's a problem with that
56:21
if you stop and think about it it's
56:23
fully apparent
56:24
what does it say when the perfect comes
56:27
the partial will be
56:28
done away has the perfect come and the
56:32
partial been done away
56:33
we are still doing things in part are we
56:36
not
56:38
we don't have all knowledge yet we don't
56:40
have all wisdom
56:42
and they'll say well when the perfect
56:44
comes that must be when jesus comes and
56:46
certainly all of those things will be
56:47
done away with them when jesus comes why
56:51
because you don't need them anymore and
56:53
we're going to find out here in just a
56:55
few verses
56:56
that not only will all of those gifts be
56:58
done away with
56:59
you know what else is going to be done
57:00
away with faith and hope
57:03
they're going to cease to exist and that
57:04
may blow your mind what do you mean no
57:06
faith
57:06
no what is faith hebrews chapter
57:10
11 verse 1 what does it say faith is the
57:12
essence of things hoped for
57:14
the evidence of things not seeing in
57:16
other words if you
57:17
see and believe that's not faith because
57:20
you've seen it
57:21
and did you know there's going to come a
57:23
time because of the love of god
57:25
that you're going to stand in god's
57:27
presence and
57:28
it won't be faith there because you're
57:30
going to see him face to face
57:34
and hope is going to be gone because you
57:36
will receive your hope
57:37
our hope is eternal life with christ we
57:40
don't hope for it anymore when we are
57:42
there
57:44
right
57:49
we hope for so many different things
57:52
but we stop hoping for him once we
57:54
receive it
57:56
once we receive him when i was a kid my
57:59
brothers and i were all hoping for a
58:02
bicycle
58:04
wanted a bicycle and
58:09
one day i was out in our backyard and we
58:12
had a shed back there and i heard all
58:14
this noise coming from the shed
58:17
and i got up close i was eavesdropping
58:20
but i was a kid and i heard my little
58:23
brother in there with a couple of his
58:24
friends
58:24
and they were talking about these new
58:26
bikes
58:28
these new bikes and he was no longer
58:31
hoping for him they were excited
58:32
we got him and so i opened that sliding
58:36
door for the shed my brother saw me his
58:38
eyes got about this big
58:40
his friend jeff wet his pants
58:43
i made sure i didn't get that bike
58:46
but he stopped hoping it was there i got
58:49
to see it
58:49
as well of course i went and told my mom
58:51
but
58:53
we were kind of fighting at that
58:54
particular time
58:57
but the hope was gone because it was
59:00
received
59:01
it was received let's continue on we're
59:03
almost done
59:04
when the perfect comes the partial will
59:06
be done away with and that word for
59:08
perfect is the greek word telios
59:10
and it's really important it means
59:13
maturity and if we take that in context
59:17
the perfect could actually be them as
59:19
well
59:20
when that agape love is joined with all
59:22
that they are doing
59:25
because he tells them that they're the
59:26
opposite of teleos earlier they're
59:28
immature they're fleshly they're
59:31
imperfect they're not mature
59:33
and we'll go into this more in chapter
59:35
14 next week and then we'll be back in
59:37
the book of acts i believe
59:39
but notice he goes on talking about
59:42
they're incomplete they're fleshly
59:43
they're kids he says when i was a child
59:45
i used to speak like a child
59:46
think like a child reason like a child
59:49
when i became a man i
59:50
did away with childish things what is he
59:53
saying
59:56
stop playing with your marbles
60:00
what are you saying you guys are kids
60:02
grow up when you become an adult
60:04
these things should go by the wayside
60:08
the selfishness and stuff and you don't
60:11
have to teach a child to be selfish do
60:12
you
60:14
when you're a child and you get a gift
60:15
who does that gift belong to
60:17
you right and when your friends come
60:19
over to play with it
60:21
who does it belong to you don't have to
60:23
teach any child to say
60:24
that's mine
60:28
and i'll tell you it's wonderful to see
60:30
when kids share naturally with love
60:33
but this is really what all these
60:34
spiritual gifts or the problem with them
60:36
were that this is mine i'm a child look
60:40
at me i'm 40 years old i still wear
60:41
diapers
60:46
not to come down on anyone here wearing
60:48
the pins all right
60:49
it can happen when i was a child
60:53
i used to speak like a child has your
60:55
speech changed since you were a child
60:57
it has of course think like a child has
61:00
your
61:01
reasoning your thinking changed since
61:03
you were a child
61:05
absolutely for most of us when i became
61:08
a man i did away with childish things
61:10
and paul said that's the natural
61:12
progression we're supposed to have
61:13
spiritually
61:15
is we do away with the childish things
61:17
in our life and we start doing
61:18
everything complete
61:20
any gift that we have should be used
61:22
within the body responsibly and it
61:23
should be done
61:24
in love because love is a great
61:28
motivator
61:30
love motivates to the nth degree love is
61:32
what motivated jesus to hang on a cross
61:35
for us
61:36
for you and me it goes on to say for now
61:39
we see in a mirror dimly
61:42
but then we're going to see face to face
61:44
things are going to be clearer
61:46
now i know in part but then i will
61:49
know fully just as i have also been
61:51
fully known
61:52
so if
61:56
if the perfect has come
61:59
do we know everything what can we infer
62:03
from that
62:05
the perfect isn't here i don't
62:08
know everything and we might think we
62:11
know a lot but we don't know everything
62:13
and what he's saying when that perfect
62:14
comes we are going to have
62:16
full knowledge and comprehension and
62:18
wisdom
62:19
we're going to have all that and that
62:20
ought to be a sign that says these gifts
62:22
are not dead should it not
62:26
and i'll prove that again in acts
62:27
chapter 2 here in just a couple of weeks
62:29
they're still alive the problem is that
62:33
nowadays in so many places these gifts
62:35
are used irresponsibly
62:37
improperly not according to scripture
62:39
and you'll see that in first corinthians
62:40
chapter 14.
62:43
things are not being done decently and
62:45
in order because we have put the focus
62:47
on the individual
62:49
as put the focus on the use of those
62:51
gifts within the body
62:54
agreed now in closing
62:59
he says but now faith hope love abide
63:01
these three in other words live in them
63:03
now but
63:04
faith and hope are going to be gone
63:06
these three
63:07
but the greater
63:10
or the greatest of these is love
63:14
the greatest of these is love
63:18
now that doesn't mean that love replaces
63:20
faith that we have to have in christ
63:22
he's saying
63:22
abide in all these things but let love
63:24
operate in the body
63:27
you have to do it and for some of us it
63:29
comes so much easier than others
63:32
but this morning or after we eat or even
63:34
during the meal let's talk about these
63:36
things
63:37
give yourself this assessment do i have
63:40
what love ain't
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or do i have what love is am i doing
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these things and it's for your benefit
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i always like to do a spiritual
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assessment lord where am i
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where am i i've got faith and i've got
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the hope
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and now i've got to combine it with the
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love
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and let's close there in prayer and
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let's pray for the meal
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lord i thank you for your word this
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morning
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lord i thank you that we got to come
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together
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welcome a new elder i thank you lord
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that we
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got to get together today and share
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agape love
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agape love unconditional love the same
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type of love
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that you showed us lord you gift us
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through your holy spirit to have that
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type of love
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and nowadays lord we need it we need it
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more than ever
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just like we need you more than ever and
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lord my prayer for
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this group this fellowship as we go into
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this upcoming heat wave that there would
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be a different heat wave as well
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that that burning desire would come into
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our hearts
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to give us that unconditional love to
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share your word to share the gospel
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to let people know about who you are and
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what you've done
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help us to become what love is
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not what love is not and lord i also
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pray that you would bless this meal this
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morning
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as we prepare to dismiss people to go
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eat
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that there would be plenty of food for
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everybody that we would have
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great conversation that we would be in
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acts 2 42 church
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gathered together for the apostles
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teaching prayer fellowship in the
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breaking of bread
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and from that we will see true spiritual
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growth we ask all these things in jesus
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name and in love we shout
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amen all right you're dismissed head out
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this way get in line and
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we'll make sure everybody gets something
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to eat no one will be getting drunk back
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there
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you'll all be well we hope not anyway

Love is a more excellent way

June 13, 2021
Pastor Stewart White
1 Corinthians 12:29 - 1 Corinthians 13:13
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