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Ten Things I Learned at Church on Sunday

Yes, church is pretty ordinary. But, let’s not miss it: while it is ordinary this does not mean that it is not important!

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Is this Missing from your Sermon Prep?

It is Sunday morning, nearly 168 hours from the beginning of last week’s sermon. It is about time for you the preacher to take that walk again. You are going to walk alone to the sacred desk to preach. Are you ready? As you reflect on this question you realize that your mouth is dry and don’t have any water. Your opening to the sermon just got eclipsed by the reminder of a heavy pastoral concern. But you have to take this solitary walk. It is time. Are you ready? As you walk you throw up a petitionary flare, “God, help me.”

This question of readiness is really subjective. Some guys will answer it by considering what they have done in sermon prep. They have spent adequate time in prayer, studied the text, made a sensible outline, drew out some practical implications, and are ready to help people to understand God’s Word.

These are all good, even very good things. I aim to do them all each and every week. However, I wonder if sometimes we miss a very important aspect to sermon prep. Preachers should be wrecked and rebuilt by the text before preaching the text.

Be Wrecked by the Text

When you are wrecked by the text you have been stripped of your pride. Like a divine power-washer, the Bible has blasted off the mildew, dirt, and residue of self-reliance. The text has shown you God’s character and made you feel very small. You have been made to see something of …

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Love Endures All Things

I am on vacation for the rest of the month and therefore away from blogging. In effort to continue to provide some content I have asked the other elders at Emmaus Bible Church if I could post the notes from our weekly confession of sin on Sunday morning. It is always a rich time together as we prepare our hearts for worship by considering what God requires and what Christ has done. In these posts I will post the material from 1 Cor 13 reminds us of what the Bible says about love. It is teaching us about where we need to repent even as it teaches us how we must treasure Christ. Each day will unpack a section of the passage. May these serve you just as they served us at Emmaus!

 1 Corinthians 13:7d “…love endures all things…”

The fourth clause of 1 Corinthians 13:7 says that “…love endures all things…” This word, “endure” is a compound word, combining the words for “under” and “to remain, abide or continue”. In a strict literal sense this word “endure” means “to remain under”.

In the Scriptures is it often used of enduring to the end of life, awaiting our eternal prize, and also of living through long-term trials. It bears some similarity to the first phrase in v7, “bears all things”. However, whereas to “bear all things” seems to refer to patience in the face of provocation, to “endure all things” takes a longer view.

In our context to “endure all things” word means …

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Love Hopes All Things

I am on vacation for the rest of the month and therefore away from blogging. In effort to continue to provide some content I have asked the other elders at Emmaus Bible Church if I could post the notes from our weekly confession of sin on Sunday morning. It is always a rich time together as we prepare our hearts for worship by considering what God requires and what Christ has done. In these posts I will post the material from 1 Cor 13 reminds us of what the Bible says about love. It is teaching us about where we need to repent even as it teaches us how we must treasure Christ. Each day will unpack a section of the passage. May these serve you just as they served us at Emmaus!

 1 Corinthians 13:7c  ”…love hopes all things…”

The third of four clauses in 1 Corinthians 13:7 says that “…love hopes all things…” It is closely related to the previous clause “…love believes all things…” and yet distinct in its own way. Last week we learned that to “believe all things” means that we assume the best in others, that we are willing to give others the benefit of the doubt, that we are willing to overlook past sins and failures and trust that God is at work in them.

The difference is that “believing all things” has an eye to the present, to “hope all things” has an eye to the future. This word we see translated as “hope” is …

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Love Believes All Things

I am on vacation for the rest of the month and therefore away from blogging. In effort to continue to provide some content I have asked the other elders at Emmaus Bible Church if I could post the notes from our weekly confession of sin on Sunday morning. It is always a rich time together as we prepare our hearts for worship by considering what God requires and what Christ has done. In these posts I will post the material from 1 Cor 13 reminds us of what the Bible says about love. It is teaching us about where we need to repent even as it teaches us how we must treasure Christ. Each day will unpack a section of the passage. May these serve you just as they served us at Emmaus!

 

“…love believes all things…” 1 Cor 13:7b

Today we consider the second of four clauses in 1 Corinthians 13 verse 7: “…love believes all things…” These clauses describe Christian love, and as such they instruct us. He we see that the nature of Christian love is that it “believes all things”.

This word belief comes from the Greek word “pistis” which is usually translated simply as “faith”. There is some question whether this phrase refers to the Christian’s maintenance of their beliefs about God and Christ and the gospel. If that was the case, a more literal translation of “has all faith” would be more appropriate. However, in context we notice that Paul is explaining to the Corinthians what their …

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Love Never Ends

I am on vacation for the rest of the month and therefore away from blogging. In effort to continue to provide some content I have asked the other elders at Emmaus Bible Church if I could post the notes from our weekly confession of sin on Sunday morning. It is always a rich time together as we prepare our hearts for worship by considering what God requires and what Christ has done. In these posts I will post the material from 1 Cor 13 reminds us of what the Bible says about love. It is teaching us about where we need to repent even as it teaches us how we must treasure Christ. Each day will unpack a section of the passage. May these serve you just as they served us at Emmaus!

 

Love never ends…Pursue love…” (1 Cor13:8a; 14:1a)

To live the Christian life to the fullest we must first see:

The permanence of love 13a – “love never ends.”

The context is love in light of the spiritual gifts: They are temporary, but not so love. Love never (an indefinite negated point of time – ‘never, not ever, at no time.’)

The word “ends” could mean love never fails (NIV) or literally never falls. It is never defeated. Love persists against all opposition. But it has the meaning of never ending.

The context implies when other gifts are no longer necessary, love remains, it will still be there. It is permanent. Some suggest both are implied. Since love is an attribute of God’s character, it can never be defeated or …

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Love Does Not Insist on its Own Way

I am on vacation for the rest of the month and therefore away from blogging. In effort to continue to provide some content I have asked the other elders at Emmaus Bible Church if I could post the notes from our weekly confession of sin on Sunday morning. It is always a rich time together as we prepare our hearts for worship by considering what God requires and what Christ has done. In these posts I will post the material from 1 Cor 13 reminds us of what the Bible says about love. It is teaching us about where we need to repent even as it teaches us how we must treasure Christ. Each day will unpack a section of the passage. May these serve you just as they served us at Emmaus!

“Love does not insist on its own way…”(1 Cor. 13:5b)

Here is one of the most striking reminders of what love looks like in true religion. Why is that? Being selfish strikes at the very heart of every single one of us. “insist” here means a continuous strong desire that demands “its own way.” Conversely that means being inconsiderate of the good or happiness of others. The Corinthians were abusing their Christian liberty. Paul told them on the one hand, God gives us all things to enjoy. But on the other hand, he said let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. Even when it comes to things that we have a right …

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Love Does Not Envy or Boast

I am on vacation for the rest of the month and therefore away from blogging. In effort to continue to provide some content I have asked the other elders at Emmaus Bible Church if I could post the notes from our weekly confession of sin on Sunday morning. It is always a rich time together as we prepare our hearts for worship by considering what God requires and what Christ has done. In these posts I will post the material from 1 Cor 13 reminds us of what the Bible says about love. It is teaching us about where we need to repent even as it teaches us how we must treasure Christ. Each day will unpack a section of the passage. May these serve you just as they served us at Emmaus!

 

“Love does not envy or boast” (1 Cor. 13:4b)

There are certain positive characteristics of what love is. Paul now list several characteristics of what love is not. The indicative active verbs tell us that love does not in fact habitually behave in these ways. These following things dare not be an ongoing pattern of our behavior. Love does not envy; love does not boast.

Love does not envy

Love finds contentment in whatever state it finds itself; therefore to envy or be jealous of another is to declare discontentment with who you are or what you have. That basically is saying, God you have made a terrible mistake; your providence has not been kind to me. Therefore, I will be jealous of others. …

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Love is not Arrogant or Rude

I am on vacation for the rest of the month and therefore away from blogging. In effort to continue to provide some content I have asked the other elders at Emmaus Bible Church if I could post the notes from our weekly confession of sin on Sunday morning. It is always a rich time together as we prepare our hearts for worship by considering what God requires and what Christ has done. In these posts I will post the material from 1 Cor 13 reminds us of what the Bible says about love. It is teaching us about where we need to repent even as it teaches us how we must treasure Christ. Each day will unpack a section of the passage. May these serve you just as they served us at Emmaus!

 

 

“Love is not arrogant or rude (1 Cor. 13:4-5)

Love is not arrogant: to be puffed up like bellows full of air. The word means to be conceited and desirous of the praise of men. Paul’s uses this word 6x in this letter. In their pride, they chose a favorite leaders over against another; they were puffed up with knowledge; proud of their gifts; their arrogance allowed a man committing serious sexual sin to carry on in their midst; they even acted arrogantly by taunting the authority of the Apostle Paul. To be full of oneself is to diminish the importance of others. Obadiah 1:3 The pride of your heart has deceived you.

Love is also not rude: to behave improperly or …

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Love is Patient

I am on vacation for the rest of the month and therefore away from blogging. In effort to continue to provide some content I have asked the other elders at Emmaus Bible Church if I could post the notes from our weekly confession of sin on Sunday morning. It is always a rich time together as we prepare our hearts for worship by considering what God requires and what Christ has done. In these posts I will post the material from 1 Cor 13 reminds us of what the Bible says about love. It is teaching us about where we need to repent even as it teaches us how we must treasure Christ. Each day will unpack a section of the passage. May these serve you just as they served us at Emmaus!

1 Corinthians 13:4 we read the profound and powerful words: Love is patient.

What does this mean? When we think of patience we may think of the word tranquil or peaceful. This is a good start for us. However, the word is nuanced a bit to involve some type of opposition or perhaps even suffering. This is important because it means that when the heat gets turned up around us or within us–we can take it. We don’t lash out, we don’t give up, we don’t lose it.

When we think about patience we have to think about God himself. He is said to be very patient when provoked.

    “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast …

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