This week we will continue through 1st Corinthians where we’ll focus on the transformative love depicted in chapter 13. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!
Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:
1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Call to Worship: Based on Psalm 118
This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His love endures forever.
Song of Adoration: All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
Scripture Reading: John 13:34-35
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Sermon: The Centrality of Love
- 1: The necessity of love (1 Cor. 13:1-3).
- 2: The definition of love (1 Cor. 13:4-7).
- 3: The endurance of love (1 Cor. 13:8-13).
- How is our culture’s understanding of love different from what 1 Corinthians 13 shows us?
- Which attribute of what love is/isn’t do you most desire to grow in? What would that produce in your relationships? How does Jesus demonstrate that attribute already?
- Family Question: What does it mean for Jesus to love you? Do you believe Him?
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Song of Confession: Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
Song of Assurance: God is For Us
Benediction: 2 Corinthians 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.