A GROWN-UP LOVE - BOOK OF 1 CORINTHIANS LESSon #21
Date of Sermon: November 3, 2013
Main Idea: Loving God and others is the most important thing we can do
Key Verse: "So now, faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13
Bible Reading: 1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
I. The Superiority of Love (12:31b-13:3)
A. Love superior to all the spiritual gifts
B. Without love the gifts are worthless
II. The Behavior of Love (4-8a)
A. What love is
B. What love is not
III. The Maturing of Love (8b-13)
A. Why the spiritual gifts will cease (8b-10)
B. When will love mature? (11-13)