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Love Endures All Things

I am on vacation for the rest of the month and therefore away from blogging. In effort to continue to provide some content I have asked the other elders at Emmaus Bible Church if I could post the notes from our weekly confession of sin on Sunday morning. It is always a rich time together as we prepare our hearts for worship by considering what God requires and what Christ has done. In these posts I will post the material from 1 Cor 13 reminds us of what the Bible says about love. It is teaching us about where we need to repent even as it teaches us how we must treasure Christ. Each day will unpack a section of the passage. May these serve you just as they served us at Emmaus!

 1 Corinthians 13:7d “…love endures all things…”

The fourth clause of 1 Corinthians 13:7 says that “…love endures all things…” This word, “endure” is a compound word, combining the words for “under” and “to remain, abide or continue”. In a strict literal sense this word “endure” means “to remain under”.

In the Scriptures is it often used of enduring to the end of life, awaiting our eternal prize, and also of living through long-term trials. It bears some similarity to the first phrase in v7, “bears all things”. However, whereas to “bear all things” seems to refer to patience in the face of provocation, to “endure all things” takes a longer view.

In our context to “endure all things” word means …

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Love Hopes All Things

I am on vacation for the rest of the month and therefore away from blogging. In effort to continue to provide some content I have asked the other elders at Emmaus Bible Church if I could post the notes from our weekly confession of sin on Sunday morning. It is always a rich time together as we prepare our hearts for worship by considering what God requires and what Christ has done. In these posts I will post the material from 1 Cor 13 reminds us of what the Bible says about love. It is teaching us about where we need to repent even as it teaches us how we must treasure Christ. Each day will unpack a section of the passage. May these serve you just as they served us at Emmaus!

 1 Corinthians 13:7c  ”…love hopes all things…”

The third of four clauses in 1 Corinthians 13:7 says that “…love hopes all things…” It is closely related to the previous clause “…love believes all things…” and yet distinct in its own way. Last week we learned that to “believe all things” means that we assume the best in others, that we are willing to give others the benefit of the doubt, that we are willing to overlook past sins and failures and trust that God is at work in them.

The difference is that “believing all things” has an eye to the present, to “hope all things” has an eye to the future. This word we see translated as “hope” is …

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Love Believes All Things

I am on vacation for the rest of the month and therefore away from blogging. In effort to continue to provide some content I have asked the other elders at Emmaus Bible Church if I could post the notes from our weekly confession of sin on Sunday morning. It is always a rich time together as we prepare our hearts for worship by considering what God requires and what Christ has done. In these posts I will post the material from 1 Cor 13 reminds us of what the Bible says about love. It is teaching us about where we need to repent even as it teaches us how we must treasure Christ. Each day will unpack a section of the passage. May these serve you just as they served us at Emmaus!

 

“…love believes all things…” 1 Cor 13:7b

Today we consider the second of four clauses in 1 Corinthians 13 verse 7: “…love believes all things…” These clauses describe Christian love, and as such they instruct us. He we see that the nature of Christian love is that it “believes all things”.

This word belief comes from the Greek word “pistis” which is usually translated simply as “faith”. There is some question whether this phrase refers to the Christian’s maintenance of their beliefs about God and Christ and the gospel. If that was the case, a more literal translation of “has all faith” would be more appropriate. However, in context we notice that Paul is explaining to the Corinthians what their …

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Love Never Ends

I am on vacation for the rest of the month and therefore away from blogging. In effort to continue to provide some content I have asked the other elders at Emmaus Bible Church if I could post the notes from our weekly confession of sin on Sunday morning. It is always a rich time together as we prepare our hearts for worship by considering what God requires and what Christ has done. In these posts I will post the material from 1 Cor 13 reminds us of what the Bible says about love. It is teaching us about where we need to repent even as it teaches us how we must treasure Christ. Each day will unpack a section of the passage. May these serve you just as they served us at Emmaus!

 

Love never ends…Pursue love…” (1 Cor13:8a; 14:1a)

To live the Christian life to the fullest we must first see:

The permanence of love 13a – “love never ends.”

The context is love in light of the spiritual gifts: They are temporary, but not so love. Love never (an indefinite negated point of time – ‘never, not ever, at no time.’)

The word “ends” could mean love never fails (NIV) or literally never falls. It is never defeated. Love persists against all opposition. But it has the meaning of never ending.

The context implies when other gifts are no longer necessary, love remains, it will still be there. It is permanent. Some suggest both are implied. Since love is an attribute of God’s character, it can never be defeated or …

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Love Does Not Insist on its Own Way

I am on vacation for the rest of the month and therefore away from blogging. In effort to continue to provide some content I have asked the other elders at Emmaus Bible Church if I could post the notes from our weekly confession of sin on Sunday morning. It is always a rich time together as we prepare our hearts for worship by considering what God requires and what Christ has done. In these posts I will post the material from 1 Cor 13 reminds us of what the Bible says about love. It is teaching us about where we need to repent even as it teaches us how we must treasure Christ. Each day will unpack a section of the passage. May these serve you just as they served us at Emmaus!

“Love does not insist on its own way…”(1 Cor. 13:5b)

Here is one of the most striking reminders of what love looks like in true religion. Why is that? Being selfish strikes at the very heart of every single one of us. “insist” here means a continuous strong desire that demands “its own way.” Conversely that means being inconsiderate of the good or happiness of others. The Corinthians were abusing their Christian liberty. Paul told them on the one hand, God gives us all things to enjoy. But on the other hand, he said let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. Even when it comes to things that we have a right …

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Love Does Not Envy or Boast

I am on vacation for the rest of the month and therefore away from blogging. In effort to continue to provide some content I have asked the other elders at Emmaus Bible Church if I could post the notes from our weekly confession of sin on Sunday morning. It is always a rich time together as we prepare our hearts for worship by considering what God requires and what Christ has done. In these posts I will post the material from 1 Cor 13 reminds us of what the Bible says about love. It is teaching us about where we need to repent even as it teaches us how we must treasure Christ. Each day will unpack a section of the passage. May these serve you just as they served us at Emmaus!

 

“Love does not envy or boast” (1 Cor. 13:4b)

There are certain positive characteristics of what love is. Paul now list several characteristics of what love is not. The indicative active verbs tell us that love does not in fact habitually behave in these ways. These following things dare not be an ongoing pattern of our behavior. Love does not envy; love does not boast.

Love does not envy

Love finds contentment in whatever state it finds itself; therefore to envy or be jealous of another is to declare discontentment with who you are or what you have. That basically is saying, God you have made a terrible mistake; your providence has not been kind to me. Therefore, I will be jealous of others. …

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Love is not Arrogant or Rude

I am on vacation for the rest of the month and therefore away from blogging. In effort to continue to provide some content I have asked the other elders at Emmaus Bible Church if I could post the notes from our weekly confession of sin on Sunday morning. It is always a rich time together as we prepare our hearts for worship by considering what God requires and what Christ has done. In these posts I will post the material from 1 Cor 13 reminds us of what the Bible says about love. It is teaching us about where we need to repent even as it teaches us how we must treasure Christ. Each day will unpack a section of the passage. May these serve you just as they served us at Emmaus!

 

 

“Love is not arrogant or rude (1 Cor. 13:4-5)

Love is not arrogant: to be puffed up like bellows full of air. The word means to be conceited and desirous of the praise of men. Paul’s uses this word 6x in this letter. In their pride, they chose a favorite leaders over against another; they were puffed up with knowledge; proud of their gifts; their arrogance allowed a man committing serious sexual sin to carry on in their midst; they even acted arrogantly by taunting the authority of the Apostle Paul. To be full of oneself is to diminish the importance of others. Obadiah 1:3 The pride of your heart has deceived you.

Love is also not rude: to behave improperly or …

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Love is Patient

I am on vacation for the rest of the month and therefore away from blogging. In effort to continue to provide some content I have asked the other elders at Emmaus Bible Church if I could post the notes from our weekly confession of sin on Sunday morning. It is always a rich time together as we prepare our hearts for worship by considering what God requires and what Christ has done. In these posts I will post the material from 1 Cor 13 reminds us of what the Bible says about love. It is teaching us about where we need to repent even as it teaches us how we must treasure Christ. Each day will unpack a section of the passage. May these serve you just as they served us at Emmaus!

1 Corinthians 13:4 we read the profound and powerful words: Love is patient.

What does this mean? When we think of patience we may think of the word tranquil or peaceful. This is a good start for us. However, the word is nuanced a bit to involve some type of opposition or perhaps even suffering. This is important because it means that when the heat gets turned up around us or within us–we can take it. We don’t lash out, we don’t give up, we don’t lose it.

When we think about patience we have to think about God himself. He is said to be very patient when provoked.

    “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast …

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Without Love I am Nothing

I am on vacation for the rest of the month and therefore away from blogging. In effort to continue to provide some content I have asked the other elders at Emmaus Bible Church if I could post the notes from our weekly confession of sin on Sunday morning. It is always a rich time together as we prepare our hearts for worship by considering what God requires and what Christ has done. In these posts I will post the material from 1 Cor 13 reminds us of what the Bible says about love. It is teaching us about where we need to repent even as it teaches us how we must treasure Christ. Each day will unpack a section of the passage. May these serve you just as they served us at Emmaus!

This chapter on love is often used at weddings and other special occasions where love is the grand theme. It is also frequently lifted from the context of chapters 12 and 14 which emphasize the use and especially the abuse of spiritual gifts.

Even more unfortunate is how seldom this chapter is thought of in light of the rest of 1 Corinthians. Paul reminded them the “testimony of Christ was confirmed among you…they were called into the fellowship of… God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

This is a true Christian church which Paul says was not “lacking in any spiritual gift.” But his praise soon turns to a passionate appeal to them regarding “divisions” and “quarreling.” Among many problems, they …

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Simeon Trust Workshop in Omaha, Nebraska

This November Emmaus Bible Church in Omaha, Nebraska will host a Simeon Trust Workshop. I am very excited about this as I think about Omaha and its surrounding area. Like many others I am burdened for the gospel to go viral. We know that God uses preachers bring about such revival. Therefore, the training and refreshing of preachers is vital to gospel expansion.

What is Simeon Trust? They are workshops that help pastors and Bible teachers to learn methods of expositional preaching, be encouraged through sitting under God’s Word, and gather in small groups with the aim of sharpening each other’s teaching.

Below is a video from David Helm describing the Simeon Trust.

Personally, I have greatly benefited from the Charles Simeon Trust. The workshops remind Bible teachers of the importance of exposition while equipping us with the proper framework to do it ourselves. Unlike many courses on preaching Simeon Trust is not concerned primarily with the delivery of the sermon but the building of the sermon. You come out of the workshop refreshed in the power and primacy of God’s Word.

One of the ways they do this is by putting preachers together with other preachers. In smaller group sessions we sit together to deliver 5 minutes of “sermon work” on our text of Scripture. This covers the passage’s structure, emphasis, context, gospel implications, and principles. After delivering this the preacher is given feedback by another brother. This constructive feedback is gold.

The training in November is the 11th -13th. David Helm will be joining us along with …

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