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A Church Marked by Love | 1 Corinthians 13

If Watermark does not have love, then we don’t have anything. Using the famous “love passage” of 1 Corinthians 13, Timothy “TA” Ateek identifies four truths about love and explains how they should guide the way we relate to each other in the church.

Timothy "TA" AteekJul 17, 2022
1 Corinthians 13:1-13

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A Church Marked by Love | 1 Corinthians 13
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How To Build A Church | 1 Corinthians 12
John ElmoreJul 10, 2022
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Repentance, Allegiance & Deference for the Glory of God | 1 Corinthians 10
John ElmoreJun 26, 2022
Giving, Sharing, and Living for the Gospel | 1 Corinthians 9
John ElmoreJun 19, 2022
Christians and Controversial Topics | 1 Corinthians 8
Jermaine HarrisonJun 12, 2022
Being Single | 1 Corinthians 7:7-40
Timothy "TA" AteekJun 5, 2022
Fighting For Your Marriage | 1 Corinthians 7:1-16
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 22, 2022
Sex and Glorifying God | 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 15, 2022
Conflict: An Inevitable Opportunity | 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 1, 2022
Church Discipline: Sin, Grace, and Shepherding | 1 Corinthians 5
John ElmoreApr 24, 2022
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Timothy "TA" AteekApr 17, 2022
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Priority, Preference, and Power | 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
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Although often quoted at weddings, the famous “love passage” of the Bible was written about how we should all love each other in the church. If Watermark does not have love, then we don’t have anything. Here are four truths about love that we can learn from God’s Word:

  • Love is THE defining mark of spiritual maturity (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). Spiritual maturity isn’t measured by what you do; it’s measured by why you do it. We should serve out of love, not because of a sense of obligation or because we are seeking recognition or self-satisfaction.
  • Love is action (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). In the original Greek, the word “love” in 1 Corinthians 13 is “agape,” which refers to self-sacrificing love. And although the English translation uses adjectives to describe this kind of love, in Greek they are verbs:
    • Love is patient.
    • Love is kind.
    • Love does not envy.
    • Love does not boast.
    • Love is not arrogant.
    • Love is not rude.
    • Love does not insist on its own way.
    • Love is not irritable.
    • Love is not resentful.
    • Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
    • Love bears all things.
    • Love believes all things.
    • Love hopes all things.
    • Love endures all things.
  • Love is a response to and a reflection of Jesus’ love by the power of the Spirit. 1 John 4:8 tells us that “God is love.” So, 1 Corinthians 13 isn’t just designed to tell us how to love each other; it first exists to tell us how God has loved us. When you experience God’s love, it becomes more natural to express God’s love (1 John 3:16), which the Holy Spirit pours into our hearts (Romans 5:5).
  • There is nothing greater than love (1 Corinthians 13:8-13). Other gifts will end, or not be needed, in eternity. Faith, hope, and love are eternal; but love is the greatest of those three because it is the one that shows the character of God.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • How have you experienced God’s love? If you haven’t, ask someone at Watermark to share with you about the gospel. If you have, ask God to remind you of His love and keep it fresh on your mind.
  • What is your motivation for serving or for spending time with God? Is it done out of obligation? To make yourself feel better? For others to see you and give you recognition? How can you make love your motivation instead?
  • Which of the characteristics of love listed in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 do you most struggle to live out? Ask God to empower you with His Spirit to love that way like He does. Pray that Watermark would be a church marked by love.
  • Additional Scripture: 2 Peter 3:9; Romans 4:8