Love is an amazing force. It even causes the most hardened of criminals to confess their crimes. Let's listen as we open God's word in Corinthians.
There are so many aspects that can be and will be discussed in Chapter 13 of this first letter Paul wrote to the Corinthians. Last week we began with some of the dynamics that are the foundation of our topic, but the most foundational is the fact that God loves us. Truly grasping that understanding is our focus this morning.
We're in our second week of discussing the depths of what love is. While we're focusing on the 13th chapter of Corinthians, we're not prepping for a wedding (the usual use of this chapter). We'll be going a bit deeper this time, but first we have some foundational groundwork to lay before we can build on our subject. So while we'll not be directly in Corinthians this morning, we've got some fundamentals to cover.
Unfortunately, the church, with a capital C, in America and certainly throughout the world, has been sorely affected by COVID. And you can bet that Satan and his minions are not going to let up. And don't think they won't. Once they have you down, their next move is to step on your neck. So what's our plan; what's our counter punch. We're going to be doing a deep dive in 1 Corinthians s13 for the next few weeks. No, this isn't a wedding; an often used scripture on those festive occasions. As we're going to see, Paul wrote that chapter in the midst of some difficult, or at minimum, delicate circumstances in Corinth. Let' listen as Nancy begins our discussion.
So much of life is made of circumstances that drive us to make choices. The challenge is making the right ones, "right" being those that drive us closer and closer to Jesus. He is the one who conforms us to being more like Him. That's the goal, isn't it. Let's listen, as our guest Gerry Wilson, now retired and back from California. who also served as our pastor at Friends Church 30 years ago, shares from Paul's letters just how we might fight the battle... and win.
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