Sermon Outline: Put Away Childish Things (Very early rough draft.)
Put Away Childish Things:
Scripture Text: 1 Cor. 13: 1-13
1 Corinthians 13
New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Corinthians 13
The Greatest Gift
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:3 NU-Text reads so I may boast.
The Word in the KJV for Love is translated “Charity” This is good for 3 reasons:
It conveys to us:
1- The giving aspect of Love
2- Love in tangible ways
3- Love in action
In 1 Cor.14:1 the Bibles tells us to pursue love….. To seek the activity of love……
1 Corinthians 14
1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
Do not give your own definition for love, the Bible tells us what it is in 1 Cor 13:1-13
also see John 15:13
The verses always describe love in the terms of action and never simply feelings, thoughts, or even conceptually.
Love cannot be measured by actions alone; motives must be assessed to determine what is loving (see 1 Cor. 4:4–5).
1 Cor 13:4-7 from the ESV
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it his not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
We must put away the childishness of any mentality that does not fit in the description God has given us of Love. It is so childish to feel that we must always be right or that we are the best church; having the best revelations, etc…..
It is pure childishness to feel that we should be at a certain status in the Body of Christ and then resent other leaders and ministries when they do not afford us that status. It is childish to expect everyone to be at the top level of understanding the first time they hear our message. It is childish to call people idiots because they see things differently than we do even if they are truly wrong.
It is childish to tell a hungry person that all we will give them is a Bible and a sermon without offering them a life saving meal.
It is childish to automatically assume that everyone does the good works of Jesus in order to earn righteousness..Love bears, believes, hopes, and endures….. We should believe the best about another believer.
(Use more examples as the Holy Spirit gives them.)
1 Cor. 13:7 The terms believes and hopes are sandwiched between bears and endures and, like them, refers to relationships between people rather than to faith and hope in God. Love believes the best of others and hopes the best for them.
The Blood of Jesus can deliver us from childishness……………
The love of God is the greatest thing we should exhibit as a church… It doesn’t matter if we are a big church or a small church. It doesn’t matter if the world knows our name or not. It is not imperative that everyone agree with us on matters not related to salvation. It is not important if we are not thought of as important.
What matters is Do we love God and Do we love people?