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Edification (Part 2): Love Builds Up The Church

February 3, 2019 Speaker: John Bell Series: The Purpose of the Church

Passage: 1 Corinthians 13:1–14:40

Big Picture: Mutual edification involves helping one another along the road to Christlikeness and requires the participation of all members of the church. Each of us has been “captured” by Christ, and given back to the church as “gifts” for each other’s edification (Eph. 4). “Love” is the indispensable virtue that is to characterize us as a church. Everything must be done in love so that the church may be edified, built up. 

  1. Edification, and the superiority of intelligible prophesy over uninterpreted tongues in corporate worship: a biblical summons (1 Cor. 14:1-19;27)

 

  1. The indispensability of Christian love: a biblical warning (1 Cor. 13:1-3)

 

  1. Some characteristics of Christian love: a biblical description (1 Cor. 13:4-7)

 

Biblical Commands to Love

 

John13:34-5; 15:12; 15:17; Romans12:10; Col. 3:12-14; 1 Thes. 4:9-10; Heb. 13:1; 1 Peter1:22; 4:8; 1 John3:11; 3:23; 2 John5-6

 

The New Testament Epistles List Specific Spiritual Gifts in Six Different Passages

1 Corinthians 12:28: Apostle, prophet, teacher, miracles, kinds of healings, helps, administration, tongues

1 Corinthians 12:8–10: Word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, miracles, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues

Ephesians 4:11: Apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor-teacher

Romans 12:6–8: Prophecy, serving, teaching, encouraging, contributing, leadership,  mercy

1 Corinthians 7:7:  Marriage, celibacy

1 Peter 4:11:  Whoever speaks (covering several gifts); whoever renders service (covering several gifts)