Like us, technology is not perfect. Our recording equipment failed us on Valentine's Sunday. Here is a brief recap intertwined with discussion/study questions that are applicable whether or not you heard the sermon.
God’s Love Is So Good
Read the following passages and answer the two follow-up questions for each passage.
God’s Love Moves To Us AND Through Us
Read 1 John 4:19, Ephesians 5:1-2, and 2 Corinthians 5:14-15. What principle launches out of each of these passages?
People who are Gospel-centered become people who are love controlled. This is what is meant by “Love Locked.” Christians choose to lock our lives into loving others because God has first loved us. Love isn’t just the core of the salvation that we receive from God. It is to become the core of who we are for God. We are a love locked people because we have been amazing changed by being loved.
Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College, wrote in his book expounding 1 Cor. 13, “The one quality that should beautify every believer and every church, regardless of gifting or personality, is love. A top priority of every believer is this: does a Christ-like spirit of love fill the atmosphere of our church gatherings and church outreaches?”
Love In It’s Famous Passage
The Christians in Corinth were full of pride and lacking in love. They argued about whose abilities were best and often ignored certain people in their church. Into his corrections about serving in unity Paul inserts God’s thoughts on love. He says in the last sentence of 1 Corinthians 12:31 (leading into 1 Cor. 13), that he is going to show them a “more excellent way” of being the church. Their current way was arrogant, self-focused, and reflecting Christ poorly. His more excellent way is captured in the words many of us associate with Valentine’s Day and wedding readings.
Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.
Suggested prayer for love:
Jesus, You are everything that I am not. You are pure love, and I am the struggling-to-love sinner that you always knew I would be. But in Your perfect love, I pray that You would forgive my selfish, shallow sins and teach my heart to love the way that You love.
(Note: The words of a written prayer contain no power in themselves. Ask God humbly, honestly, and persistently in whatever words are needed to cause you to “walk in love, as Christ love us.”)