Preparing for Worship: October 27, 2013

February 6, 2019

The text for this Sunday is 1 Corinthians 13:1–8, which believers know well as the standard text in the Bible about Christian love. Paul writes in verse 2, "if I have not love, I am nothing." This is an important point, especially for times when the church is gathered! All social, racial, and ethical boundaries are obliterated within the church because we are all the same in Christ. And so the church should be characterized as a loving group of people, unified in Christ. Indeed, Jesus himself said that the world will know that we are his disciples "if you have love for one another" (John 13:35). In 1 Corinthians 13:4–7 "love" is described helpfully in positive and negative ways:

Positive—Love is: patient, kind

Negative—Love is not: envy, boastful, arrogant, rude, selfish, irritable, resentful, rejoicing in wrongdoing

Positive—Love does: rejoice in the truth, bear all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Finally, verse 8 says that love is permanent: "it never ends" unlike "prophecies," "tongues," or "knowledge." These characteristics are instructive for the church, and we should practice them at every possible opportunity. Ephesians 4:15–16 echoes this point. There, Paul instructs the church to be "speaking the truth in love," so that we might "grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love." Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided as free a playlist hereby Scott Bacher. You can also buy the tracks individually through the links below:
  1. Always (iTunesAmazon)
  2. Christ is Risen (iTunesAmazon)
  3. Oh the Deep, Deep Love (iTunesAmazon)
  4. Come to Me (iTunes, Amazon)
  5. Shine into Our Night (iTunes, Amazon)
Josh Philpot Pastor for Worship.