This Sunday we are excited to welcome Rev. Bob McRoberts to bring God’s word. Bob is Pastor Emeritus at Calvary Baptist Church here in Ottawa. Join us in-person or online at 10:30 Sunday morning!
A. Love is _______________
1 Corinthians 13:1-2, and 4-7.
A project: www.jointhekindnesschallenge.com
- Convey nothing negative
- Say one thing to praise or affirm in the person.
- Do one small act of kindness for the person.
B. Love is ___________ or _______________
the right kind of person.
1 Corinthians 13:3, 4-7. 15 character traits
A family project:
- Discern a character quality for each statement.
- Define the quality.
- Memorize the definition.
- Discover a Bible verse or story that exemplifies each one.
- Design projects to encourage development of each one.
Paul’s list, beginning with 2 positive qualities:
- Love is patient: ___________________
- Love is kind: ___________________
Then follow 8 negative traits. (Think of the opposite of each)
- It does not envy: ___________________
- It does not boast: ___________________
- It is not proud: ___________________
- It is not rude: ___________________
- It is not self-seeking: ___________________
- It is not easily angered: ___________________
- It keeps no record of wrongs: ___________________
- Love does not delight in evil: ___________________
The list ends with 5 positive qualities:
- But rejoices with the truth: ___________________
- It always protects: ___________________
- Always trusts: ___________________
- Always hopes: ___________________
- Always perseveres: ___________________
C. Love _______________ _____________
1 Corinthians 13:8a, 9-12
Love never fails is a statement of the permanence of love contrasted with the impermanence of spiritual gifts.
Paul’s teaching on spiritual gifts is given in 1 Corinthians 12-14.
He interrupts his presentation of these gifts to put them in their proper perspective.
- 12:31 & 14:1. It is not enough to desire gifts; must pursue love.
- 13:1-3. Without love, the gifts have no value.
- 13:4-7. A description of several characteristics of love.
- 13:8. The final characteristic of love: it is permanent.
- 13:9-12. But gifts are impermanent. Why? Because:
- vs 9. our present knowledge and prophesying are partial.
- vs 10. some day perfection will replace imperfect gifts.
- vs 11. some day we will reach maturity.
- vs 12. now we see a poor reflection; we do not see God face to face.
Two Applications regarding the permanence of love:
1. For an individual: John 3:16
S.I.N: S____________ I_______________ N__________.
John 3:16 challenges a person to ACT:
A. _________ sin.
C. ___________ one’s mind/will/heart toward God.
T. __________ Christ as Saviour and Lord.
2. For a community of faith.
The experience of Elias Chacour, from his autobiography,
Blood Brothers. Baker Books, Grand Rapids 2013.