“The Essence of God is not His power but His love.”
Redeemer Church Synopsis – “1 Corinthians 13 seems sweet, but in the context of the entire book of 1 Corinthians, it is a sober warning against straying from the Gospel. If a person is gifted—as many of the Corinthians were—then it is frighteningly easy for that person to mistake their spiritual gifts for spiritual fruit. When we serve others in the church, are we serving Jesus or are we serving ourselves? Additional scriptural references made in this sermon are: Acts 18:9-11; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:1; 1 Corinthians 10:24; Matthew 7:21-23.”This sermon is remarkable in that the Pastor identifies the main target audience as his own church staff. That in itself is not so remarkable, but the subject makes it so; that of their own salvation. Keller wants Christians, and those who are trying to understand Christianity, to know who easy it is to place our faith in our own giftedness and the successes we often realize because of them. The real mark of a Christian and Christian character is love. (John 1:17)
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)
This sermon embodies so much of what I desire for Christians and non Christians to know.
Quotes from this sermon;
“Not giftedness but grace, not our accomplishments but Christ’s on our behalf.”
“If you are godly and loving everyone will follow you.”
“Love is the miracle above all miracles.”
“Love, Christian love , is more miraculous than miracles.”
“Don’t get your identity from your ministry instead of Jesus.”
“Love is the essence of faith.”
“The grace in your heart has unlimited potential.”
“What you really need is to give your heart to the Gospel.”
“Love drove Jesus down to us.”
“The more you see the love He showed , the more love will grow in your heart.”
This is another sermon that is worth listening to several times over.
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