Friday, January 29, 2016

Jesus Is Love - January 31st

Message notes on a sermon by Pastor Guenther based on 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13
What did the Beatles say was all a person needs? What do you think they meant by that?
I. To Us Unloving Sinners
The Corinthians were all very gifted. But what was the problem with the way they were using those gifts?
How could the Corinthians be truly great?
What gifts has God given to you? To those in the pew around you?
Yet, how do we often misuse those gifts?
Try putting your name in the blanks. How well do you do?
_________ is patient, _________ is kind. _________ does not envy, _________ does not boast, _________ is not proud. _________ is not rude, _________ is not self-seeking, _________ is not easily angered, _________ keeps no record of wrongs. _________  does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. _________  always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. _________ never fails.
And, of course, what do we deserve for the loveless way we misuse our gifts?
Try the exercise above but put Jesus’ name in the blanks. Rejoice in everything he did for you!
What does his great love for us move us to do for him?
II. Through Us Forgiven Believers
What completes all of the gifts we have in Christ?
Christ’s love for us moves us to love him. Our love for him moves us to love others. How?
Evaluate the gifts that God has given to you. How can you use those gifts, big or small, to serve others?
List some specific actions you will take this week to show your love for your Savior by showing love to others…
This week I will show love to __________ by…
This week I will show love to __________ by…
This week I will show love to __________ by…

Lesson 1:  1 Kings 17:7-16
Lesson 2:  1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13
Gospel:  Luke 4:20-32

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