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FBC E-Blast - May 25, 2015
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May 25, 2015

Supreme Love - I Corinthians 13

There is no emotion of greater importance than love. Paul's incomparable treatise on this subject in I Corinthians 13 is sandwiched between two chapters that deal with spiritual gifts. The Corinthians focused too much on their display of such gifts, so the apostle showed them the "more excellent way" of love (I Corinthians 12:31). Interestingly, he made no attempt to define love but instead described its importance and expression.




The type of love which Paul is talking about is not human in origin, but rather a love coming from God — a part of His very nature. It's unselfish, sacrificial love which acts on behalf of someone else. Since the Lord wants to transform our character into the image of His Son, this priority makes perfect sense, because whenever we display such selfless care for one another, that's when we are the most like Christ.


The first three verses of this chapter issue us a warning. Without the motivation of love, all our good deeds - even service for the Lord - will profit us nothing. In God's eyes, a loving spirit is more important than all our impressive words, knowledge, faith,generosity, and self-sacrifice. When we stand before Christ to be judged for our good works, those deeds done for selfish reasons will not be worthy of reward.


We are all blinded to some degree when it comes to our motives, so discerning why we serve God or do good deeds can be difficult. Pray to know your heart's hidden intentions, and replace any self-centered motivations with His "more excellent way" of love. Then your works will be of eternal value.


Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.


Upcoming Sermon Series
      We want our family to enjoy peace, happiness, and contentment, but so often we stumble through our most important relationships. In "Bless This Home," discover four family-altering qualities: purity, peace, righteousness, and persecution.


Last Week:
      This message starts the series 'Bless This Home.' What will work and not work to make our homes Christ-centered? We saw that legalistic and lukewarm Christianity do not work, but by helping our family see God as loving, approachable, and involved.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our website, just under the calendar, or by visiting us on iTunes.


Next Week:
      We continue our series Bless This Home by looking into Pure In Heart.



Upcoming Events
May 31 - Baptismal Service following the AM Worship Service.
               Love. Bike. Pray. - from 1:30-4:00 on the Panhandle Trail. For more details click here.


June 7 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner following AM Worship Service.


June 14-18 - Vacation Bible School from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.


June 19 - 2nd Annual Men & Boy's Cookout at 6:00 PM. Cost is $5 per person. We will have a corn-hole tournament as well.


July 4 - Church Outside & Picnic at 3:30 PM at the Caldwell home.


July 5 - No services at the church.


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