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How to Use Your Gifts - by Michael Phillips
1 Corinthians - Part 14
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1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Sep 16, 2012 am - Corinthians 13 is the best known chapter in the New Testament, especially vv.4-7. What's not as well known is where the chapter and the verses fit into Paul's argument. In other words, why they're in the Bible. Judging by how and where they're used, you'd think Paul wrote them to festoon our weddings with a ribbon of poetry or to confront married couples who say they love each other, but don't act like it! These are valid applications of the chapter, and I can think of worse ways to spend your time than by laying down your own version of 'love' alongside Paul's, and see how much alike they are...or different. It's much easier to say, 'I love my wife' than to show her the kindness, patience, and humility that define love. This is a wholesome and challenging use of the verses. But for all this, the subject of 1 Corinthians is not 'life at home', but church life, and in particular, how to use our specific Gifts for the general welfare of the church. Back in Chapter 12, Paul tells us a good deal about these gifts. Who has them? We all do. Where do they come from? From God. What are they for? They're for the good of the whole church. Not for my good or your good, his good, her good, ... More >>>

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