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But the greatest of these is Love

by Steve Johnson on November 13, 2016


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Part of the Congregational Services series, preached at a Sunday Service
1 Corinthians 13:1-13

1 Corinthians 13

13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (ESV)

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About Steve Johnson: Steve Johnson and his wife Lisa, serve as the lead evangelist and women’s ministry leader of the church in Portland. They serve the entire church in many ways. Steve and Lisa are more than inspiring. They speak about God’s word in a way that you cannot help but to be captivated and moved to action. When Steve is not in Portland he might be in any part of the world but you might not recognize him as he might be dressed in 1st century attire.

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