HAPPILY EVER AFTER? Hold on there’s hope!

Happily Ever After?

January 04, 2015

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Male or female, young or old - no matter where we're coming from or what stage of life we find ourselves in - disillusionment, doubt and possibly even divorce have invaded our ideal of marriage. We wonder if it's even possible to sustain a life-long relationship with the same person. 

Join us this weekend in worship for a brand new year's message series - discovering new life for our most significant connections.

HAPPILY EVER AFTER: hold on, there's hope!

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1 Corinthians 13:1-7 / Rachel Billups / January 3-4, 2015

HAPPILY EVER AFTER? Hold on there’s hope!

We Redefine Love 

  • 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 

 

  • John 13:34 

 

Love Is Patient 

  • Romans 5:3b-4 

 

Love Is Also Kind 

  • Ephesians 4:29 

 

  • Ruth 1:16-17  

 

See this week’s journaling questions for deeper reflection.

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Hold on there’s hope!

Male or female, young or old – no matter where we’re coming from or what stage of life we find ourselves in – disillusionment, doubt and possibly even divorce have invaded our ideal of marriage. We wonder if it’s even possible to sustain a life-long relationship with the same person. 

This week we begin a new message series that will zero in on the virtues of love found in 1 Corinthians 13 and will lead us to discover new life for our most significant connections.

Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here

 Day 1: Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 

Love is not a vague fuzzy feeling—according to the author of 1 Corinthians it is somewhat specific. How is this definition of love different from how the world seems to define love? We are going to read this passage each week and focus in on a virtue or two, but right from the beginning, which one seems the most challenging to you? Why? 

Day 2: Read John 13 

What does it mean to love one another in the way that Jesus has loved us? What does this mean for our closest relationships? Why can this be such a challenge? How would it change things? 

Day 3: Read 2 Peter 3:8-13 

This could be a strange passage to read in a study on marriage, but the first word the author uses to describe love in 1 Corinthians 13 is patient. This passage speaks of God’s patience with us. What can we learn from it about patience? How can this posture impact our love for one another? 

Day 4: Read Romans 5:1-11 

The word for patience is translated in this passage as endurance or perseverance. How does this impact what we understand about love? What does patience in our love for one another do in us? 

Day 5: Read Titus 3:1-11 

The next virtue of love is kindness. What does this passage say about God’s kindness towards us? How does that influence what we understand kindness to be? 

Day 6: Read Ephesians 4:17-32 

What does this say about how we should treat one another? What does it say specifically about kindness? How does this challenge you in the way you treat those you are the closest to? 

Day 7: Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (again) 

After reading about patience and kindness, why do you think the author begins with these two virtues in defining what love is? In what ways does this challenge or encourage your understanding of love? How does it make you want to treat those you are the closest to differently?

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1 Corinthians 13:1-7 / Rachel Billups / January 3-4, 2015

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