LOVE: The More Excellent Way – Sermon + Notes

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1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,

5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.

1 Corinthians 13:1-8

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Love in this passage is the Greek word ______.

“Love is an attitude of _selflessness_. Biblical agape love is a matter of the ______ and not a matter of ______ or ______, though deep feelings and emotions almost always accompany love.” (MacArthur)

It is the character and nature of________. [1 John 4]

It is __________ by God. (John 13:34-35)

Reveals what love ______ like in ______.

The opposite of this kind of love is ______, not ______.

Without love:

The gift of ______ is just_____.

Without love:

The gift of ______, ______, and ______ makes us nothing.

Without love:

______ and ______ gain us ______.

Love is________. Love is________. Love is never________. Love is never________. Love is never________. Love is never________.

Love never ______________. Love____________ unrighteousness. Love rejoices in ________________.

Love____ all things.

Love____ all things.

Love____ all things.

Love____ all things.

Love____ ends.

How can we love in this way?

Look to the example of ____.

[Philippians 2]

How can we love in this way?

Rely on the____.

[2 Timothy 1:14, 2 Timothy 1:7, Galatians 5:22-23]

How can we love in this way?

____ in God.

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Love in this passage is the Greek word agape.

“Love is an attitude of selflessness. Biblical agape love is a matter of the will and not a matter of feeling or emotion, though deep feelings and emotions almost always accompany love.” (MacArthur)

It is the character and nature of God. [1 John 4]

It is commanded by God. (John 13:34-35)

Reveals what love looks like in action.

The opposite of this kind of love is pride, not hate.

Without love:

The gift of tongues is just noise.

Without love:

The gift of prophecy, knowledge, and faith makes us nothing.

Without love:

Giving and sacrifice gain us nothing.

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is never boastful. Love is never arrogant. Love is never improper. Love is never provoked.

Love never keeps an account of wrongs. Love never rejoices in unrighteousness. Love rejoices in the truth.

Love bears all things.

Love believes all things.

Love hopes all things.

Love endures all things.

Love never ends.

How can we love in this way?

Look to the example of Jesus.

[Philippians 2]

How can we love in this way?

Rely on the Holy Spirit.

[2 Timothy 1:14, 2 Timothy 1:7, Galatians 5:22-23]

How can we love in this way?

Abide in God.

[1 John 4]

Upcoming Events, Service Times + Announcements

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Watch With Me (24 Hour) – Prayer Vigil

“Couldn’t you stay awake and watch with me even one hour?”
Matthew 26:40
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Join us Friday June 9th-10th for Watch With Me. WWM is a special opportunity for our Southside Family to gather for intercessory prayer for our church, families, neighbors, community, State, Country, the nations and so much more! The Sanctuary will be open 24 hours from noon Friday, June 9th to noon Saturday June 10th. Choose and sign up for one hour (or more) between noon on Friday, June 9th to noon Saturday June 10th. Sign up in the foyer, in your SS class, or by contacting Jaca DePriest/church office.
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Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

 

This is where we live. Where we raise our families. Where we work, and where we play. And it’s mostly a post-Christian world. 269 million of our neighbors in North America do not know Jesus Christ. Daily, we sit next to those without hope. But we can reach them through one of the most effective evangelism methods: planting churches. Together we can equip missionaries and reach the unreached in North America.

Together we can equip missionaries through the power of prayer and through our financial gifts. Missionaries need training, resources and education. They need a community network. They and their families need support for the basics of living life while they build a congregation.

Your financial gifts provide a solid foundation for these missionaries, their families and the churches they are building. We can’t all go, but we can all give together.

 

For more information on AEEO visit: https://www.anniearmstrong.com/

Southside Brandon Playlists

 

This April we are starting something new here online! Curated Southside playlists. Every month we will update our playlist that will be accessible from both Spotify and Apple Music platforms. Playlists will include: Worship, Contemporary, Pastor Playlists, Kidz, Youth, and a Sunday’s Best playlist built a songs we sing during our 11:00 service. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks

#prayforJace

There are many of you who already know, but many more of you do not know what has been transpiring in our lives these past two days. I will make a very long and emotional story somewhat shorter. Yesterday our middle son, Jace, began have extreme abdominal pain at 6am. He could not get comfort nor did the pain go away. He began to run a fever so we decided to take him to his pediatrician. She immediately sent us to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa thinking he may have appendicitis. After the first few tests and blood work came back that was ruled out. His blood work showed low levels in all three areas. So today, he had a bone marrow biopsy which resulted in a diagnosis of acute leukemia.
We are currently waiting for more tests to come back to determine which type of leukemia he has so that we can know the best way to treat it. Tomorrow he will have a port put in so that he can begin treatment immediately. They will also do a spinal tap to see if the leukemia cells are present there. The plan is for us to spend about a week in the hospital for his first round of treatment. After that, we are not real sure.
What we do know is this, we did not expect this, nor did we see any signs pointing to this, but we serve the God of this universe who knew about this from before the foundations of the earth. So it is in Him that we trust and it is Him who will give us the strength and grace and endurance to walk down this road. Joy and I overwhelmed with the amount of prayers that are going up for Jace, us, and our family. We are beyond blessed to serve an amazing church, Southside Baptist Church, who is supporting, loving, and praying us through this difficult time. We are blessed to know that there are people who live all over the world currently praying for Jace and us. As of right now we know of people in Asia, Africa, Indonesia, America, Japan, and other locations around the world. The prayers are keeping us sane for the moment so please continue to lift us up each time the Lord lays us on your heart and mind.
Rest assured that we are trusting God to walk us through this and when we can’t walk any further we know that he will carry us through. God intentionally gives us more that we can manage so that we will rely on Him and Him alone, but God will never give us more than He can manage.
Many of you have called and many will ask questions, posts comments, text, and/or call. We will do our best to respond, but we will not be able to respond to all. For now, we will use Facebook as a means to communicate with the masses. Please feel free to share, post, email, and even print information so that others will join in the ‪#‎prayforjace‬ fight. I will try to post something each day to keep you informed. Also, you can check in with our church family to get updates as well. Thanks for your friendship, love, prayers, and support. We hope you all have a blessed night.

We love you all,
Chad and Joy Driggers