Summary: Live the excellent way!

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I Corinthians 13:1-7

S: Spiritual gifts and love

C: Love is the priority

Th: Live the Difference


?: What? What is it?

KW: Contrast

TS: We will find in our study of I Corinthians 13:1-7 the contrast between love and spiritual gifts that help us to live the excellent way.

The _____ aspect of the contrast is…



PA: How is the change to be observed?

Version: ESV

RMBC 03 October 04 AM


ILL Notebook: Christlikeness -- Passion Play (Newland)

Have you heard the story about the actor who was playing the part of Jesus in the Passion Play?

As he carried the cross up the hill, a tourist began heckling, making fun of him, and shooting insults at him. Finally, the actor had taken all he could take. So he threw down the cross, walked over to the tourist, and punched the stuffing out of him.

After the play was over, the director told him, “I know he was a pest, but I can’t condone what you did. Besides, you are playing the part of Jesus, and Jesus never retaliated. So don’t do anything like that again.”

The man promised he wouldn’t. But the next day, the heckler was back and worse than before, and finally the actor exploded and punched him out again.

The director said, “That’s it. I have to fire you. We just can’t have you behaving this way while playing the part of Jesus.”

The actor begged, “Please give me one more chance. I really need this job, and I can handle it if it happens again.

So the director decided to give him one more chance.

The next day, he was carrying his cross up the street. Sure enough, the heckler was there again. You could tell the actor was really trying to control himself, but it was about to get the best of him. He was clinching his fists and grinding his teeth. Finally, he looked at the heckler and said, “I’ll meet you after the resurrection!”

Have you ever found it hard to behave like a Christian?

Sometimes, it is really difficult isn’t it?

It seems to work against our natural instincts.

As we continue our study of Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth, we discover that this was a problem the church was having.

They were Christians.

Paul makes that clear.

But what they were and how they acted didn’t always agree.

Too often, they were anything but Christlike.


An area of concern, we discovered in the 12th chapter was spiritual gifts.

Now as we learned during this past month…

1. Spiritual gifts are for everyone.

As a reminder…

Spiritual gifts are special abilities distributed by the Holy Spirit to every believer according to God’s design and grace for the common good of the body of Christ.


They are given to every believer.

They find their source in God Himself.

They are to be used for the common good.

And they promote interdependence by building and supporting the body of believers.

But in observing the example of the Corinthians, we discover this…

2. Having spiritual gifts doesn’t make you spiritual.

You see…

It is easier to have all the right belief than to be loving.

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