“Love is forever”
1 Cor. 13:8-13
(This message is online at: nwbcspringfield.com) - Use this listening guide as you watch the video worship services online. This will also have questions you can use with your connect group.
So now in this final paragraph of chapter 13 – Paul is pointing us to the ____________value of this love --- this love that has _____________ purposes ….
Just about every commentary on VS. 8-13 – agrees that it says one thing --- “The gifts of the Spirit are in use now—and LOVE goes on forever.”
1st – Gifts of the Spirit are not ___________ of final _________________
2nd – Maturity and _______________________ are not the same thing
The Greek word for “mature” – is (teleioi) --- it means ________________
This is one of the keys – to your Christian life – is working out the difference between ___________ and ______________
1 Corinthians 13:8
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 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. 12 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. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
ICEBREAKER——In your opinion, what is the best love song of all time? Why?
APPLY THE BIBLE - Read John 17:21-23—What does that say about God’s love?
Q1— What are some ways in which the Holy Spirit has gifted you?
Q2— What was your one big takeaway from this weekend's message?
Q3—When you compare the way you love others to this standard in 1 Cor 13, where do you fall short?
Q4—Pastor Paul made the statement: This is one of the keys – to your Christian life – is working out the difference between NOW and THEN. What does that mean?
A LITTLE LOVE HOMEWORK:
· This love seems so beautiful and simple in this passage. Why is loving like this so difficult? This week write down the ways you found it difficult to love and what you might do to improve and love more fully.
· TALK ABOUT LOVE WEEK—how did your group do? How can we continue to show God’s love? PRAY THAT GOD WILL USE YOUR GROUP TO SHOW THE LOVE OF JESUS