So was this just a mushy sermon about how if we all love each other everything will be fine? Not exactly. The text we used is one of the most well known texts in the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 13, the famous Love chapter. One of the things I wanted us to do today was to think about it in its context rather than a stand-alone, treatise on love suitable for weddings and framing. This chapter on love is in a letter that Paul wrote to real people and the context helps us understand what he was saying much better. I am not speaking against using this chapter in weddings and such, I’m just saying that there is all of that and more besides.
This chapter comes immediately after some of Paul’s most significant teaching on spiritual gifts and the purpose of this chapter is to help the Corinthian believers, who were a very spiritually gifted group, to understand that without love the gifts were nothing, not exactly useless, but nothing. It simply doesn’t matter how great a prophet or how ethically pure or even how open to martyrdom you might be; without love . . . nothing.
Knox Presbyterian Love is all we need
Just so you understand at least one remark in the St. Mark’s sermon, we had a missionary presentation in the service, I think you’ll notice the remark and if it doesn’t make any sense, let me know in the comments and I’ll try to clear it up.
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Love is all we need
I hope you find something in one or the other of these sermons and that you are reminded of the importance of love.