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]

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