What kind of place does the Lord intend the church to be? The Scripture offers many answers to this question. But one answer is crystal clear. The church is to be a place where love abounds.
Sandwiched between a discussion about spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12) and worship (1 Corinthians 14), the Apostle Paul reminds us of how important love is and what it looks like (1Corinthians 13).
Calling it a “more excellent way” (12:31b), the Bible says that love is . . . more important than what I say (13:1) . . . more important than what I know (13:2a) . . . more important than what I believe (13:2b) . . . more important than what I give away or sacrifice (13:3). Without love I “am nothing” and “gain nothing.”
And what does love look like? The Apostle Paul describes it this way:
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends.(13:4-8a, ESV)
So, by God’s grace and for God’s glory, join me today in renewing your commitment to make our church a place where love abounds!
Grateful for a Pastoral Team
For many years, our church has been led and served by a gifted and faithful pastoral team. I am grateful for those who have preached already while I have been away on a combination of family vacation and study break. Sunday preaching responsibilities will be handled effectively the next two Sundays as follows:
Sunday, August 3 Andy Johnson, Children’s Pastor
Sunday, August 10 Mark Hudgins, Membership Pastor
I will be speaking again, Lord willing, on Sunday, August 17. Until my return, if you are in town I am counting on you to be in church. You’ll be blessed as you support and hear our pastoral team.