1 Corinthians 13:8-13

1 Corinthians 13:8-13 – Love never ends

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Sept 11th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

INTRO

  • Agape Love… love in action
  • Paul is painting a portrait of love, and Jesus Christ is sitting for the portrait. He lived out in perfection all of these virtues of love. This beautiful picture of love is a portrait of Him. (John MacArthur- 1 Corinthians Commentary)
  • Remember the context. Spiritual gifts within the life of the church
  • Our relationship with others is a direct reflection of our relationship with God.
  • The unified Church focuses on the eternal not the temporal
  • What will be standing at the end
    • Love or gifts
  • Consider the Constant, the Passing and live faithfully as we Wait.

Love is eternal – v. 8a

  • Love never ends
  • Agape
  • God’s Love for us
  • Our love for God
  • Our love for one another
  • Falls. Fails to make the cut
  • Love does not fail because
    • Bears, Believes, Hopes, Endures ALL THINGS

The gifts will cease/pass away – vv. 8b-10

  • Prophecies, Knowledge, Tongues
    • Those that had been causing the most controversy
    • Remember, the context of this passage…. UNITY IN THE CHURCH
  • Not carry over into the next.
  • No longer needed
  • YET… Love will carry over from this age into the fullness of the age to come
  • Jeremiah 31:34

The joy is living in the now as we await the future – vv. 11-13

  • We know and prophesy in part
  • We are limited
  • Paul was including himself (even the apostle)
  • We are influenced and tainted by sin

When the perfect comes, then the partial will pass away

  • The Lord’s victorious return
  • All things will be complete

Moving Toward Maturity

  • Child – Adult
  • Mirror – Face to Face
  • Partial – Full

The concluding statement -v. 13

The Temporary

  • Faith – Trusting God in what we cannot see.
  • Hope – Expecting God to do what He has promised.
    • (In Glory we will SEE HIM and BE WITH HIM)

The Eternal

  • LOVE

Already, and Not Yet (How to Live in the Last Days)

  • already adopted in Christ (Romans 8:15), but not yet adopted (Romans 8:23);
  • already redeemed in Christ (Ephesians 1:7), but not yet redeemed (Ephesians 4:30);
  • already sanctified in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:2), but not yet sanctified (1 Thessalonians 5:23–24);
  • already saved in Christ (Ephesians 2:8), but not yet saved (Romans 5:9);
  • already raised with Christ (Ephesians 2:6), but not yet raised (1 Corinthians 15:52).
David Briones – http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/already-not-yet

1 Corinthians 13:5b-7

1 Corinthians 13:5b-7“What love is and what love is not” part 2

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Sept 4th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

INTRO

  • Agape Love… love in action
  • Not feeling love, but doing love
  • What love does & What love does not do
  • Paul is painting a portrait of love, and Jesus Christ is sitting for the portrait. He lived out in perfection all of these virtues of love. This beautiful picture of love is a portrait of Him. (John MacArthur- 1 Corinthians Commentary)
  • Remember the context. Spiritual gifts within the life of the church
  • Our relationship with others is a direct reflection of our relationship with God.

Love does not insist on its own way – v. 5

  • Seek to be second rather than first
  • Even when deserved… we are 2nd
  • Opposite of … I want my own way
  • Matthew 20:28
  • Others not me.

Love it is not irritable – v. 5

  • not easily angered
  • when the inside comes out (our heart)
  • Our tongue.  Our Words
  • We should only be angered by the things that anger God

Love is not resentful – v. 5

  • keeps no record of wrongdoing
  • Bringing things up
  • Does not keep score

Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing – v. 6

  • Rejoice when someone fails
  • Find satisfaction in the wrong of others
  • Gossip at the failure of others

Love rejoices with the truth – v. 6

  • Biblical truth applied in life
  • Shines the light on the right of others
  • Looking for and focusing on the right

Conclusion – Driving the point home – v. 7

  • A summary and conclusion of this section – vv. 3-7
  • all things – in every way – everything in accordance to God’s divine tolerance.

Love bears all things

  • to cover, to cover over in silence
  • Willing to cover up
  • Love never protects the sin but is anxious to protect the sinner.
  • Galatians 6:1

Love believes all things

  • Not suspicious.
  • Thinking the best and not the worst

Love hopes all things

  • Refuses to take failure as the final answer
  • Looking toward the future.

Love endures all things (the present)

  • Military term… hold the line at all cost
  • Willing to do whatever it takes

Love bears what otherwise is unbearable; it believes what otherwise is unbelievable; it hopes in what otherwise is hopeless; and it endures when anything less than love would give up. After love bears it believes. After it believes it hopes. After it hopes it endures. There is no “after” for endurance, for endurance is the unending climax of love.


John F. MacArthur Jr., 1 Corinthians, MacArthur New Testament Commentary (Chicago: Moody Press, 1984), 355.
Galatians 5:16–24 - [16] But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. [17] For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. [18] But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. [19] Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, [20] idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, [21] envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. [22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, [23] gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. [24] And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (ESV)

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 “If I have not love, I am nothing”

1 Corinthians 13:1–3

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Aug 21st.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

INTRO

  • The greatness/importance of love
  • The love chapter…. Not just for people/weddings… FOR THE CHURCH
  • Chapters 12-14 flow together as one literary unit
  • The importance of the church and their gifts
  • How we function (serve and minister) within the body
  • GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE
  • Our gifts are nothing is they are not used in love.

The Meaning of Love

Love Agape

  • personal and enduring love
  • love toward others – Giving love

The Preeminence/Superiority of Love

Have not love

  • Not acting with love

Regardless of how IMPRESSIVE/SPECIAL/SUCCESSFUL we think we are

  • In our Speech – Noisy gong, clanging symbol
  • In our Gifts – I am nothing (not even one)
  • In our Sacrifice – I gain nothing (profit, benefit)

These – love = Nothing

Ephesians 4:15 -16 [15] Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, [16] 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.

  • Love – Working properly
  • Love – Maturity/Maturing
  • Love – Builds itself up

1 Thess. 4:9 – [9] Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, [10] for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, [11] and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, [12] so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. (ESV)

  • Our Mind – Our Doctrine
  • Our Hands – Our Service/Ministry
  • Our Heart – Our Devotion, Passion (LOVE)

CONCLUSION (THE WHAT NOW)

Consider the work of God (the Trinity) in our Conversion and our Sanctification.

1 John 4:19 – FATHER – We love because he first loved us. (ESV)

John 13:34–35 – SON – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. [35] By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (ESV)

Romans 5:5 – SPIRIT– and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (ESV)

We can only LOVE when we have been born again.

  • KNOWING the GOSPEL, TRUSTING IN Him
  • GROWING in GOSPEL, FOLLOWING HIM
  • GOING to live out the GOSPEL (living out LOVE)
  • Love he has for us
  • Love we have for Him
  • Love we have for others