Love, the Most Excellent Way – Gospel in Life
Sermon

Love, the Most Excellent Way

Tim Keller |ย  May 1, 2016

Download Agreement


By downloading this file, I confirm I understand Gospel in Life's Copyright & Permissions policies and agree to only use this file for personal usage and will not upload it to any third-party platforms.

 

Duration:
36:11
Scripture:
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
SKU:
RS 366-01

Overview

Love, the Most Excellent Way – Video Preview

Sermon Summary

Paul’s renowned discourse on love in 1 Corinthians was not intended for wedding ceremonies, but rather as a critique of the Corinthian church’s deficiency in patience, kindness, and humility. The essence of this scripture is the characteristics of a heart transformed supernaturally. It emphasizes the idea that without divine intervention, human nature is resilient and unchanging, and that numerical growth is insignificant without genuine life transformation.

1. What a supernaturally changed heart isnโ€™t

The importance of character over talent, particularly in ministry, is stressed, with a focus on the necessity of a transformed heart. The dangers of conflating talent or ministry with genuine heart change are spotlighted, along with the crucial role of love and humility in leadership. The qualities of love – patience, kindness, humility, and selflessness – are described, stressing that true transformation stems from a heart supernaturally changed by love, not merely superficial acts of goodness.

2. What a supernaturally changed heart is

Love, as depicted in 1 Corinthians 13, is personified and not merely an abstract principle or a set of practices. It is an active force, a love that always protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres, and never fails, a love that can only be embodied by Jesus Christ. Christianity, therefore, is about encountering this transformative love, not mistaking gifts for grace, and never settling for less than a supernaturally changed heart.

Related

Sermon

The Gospel in a Pluralist Society

By Tim Keller
Sermon

Confident in Hope

By Tim Keller
Sermon

Doubt, Joy and Power (Easter)

By Tim Keller

February Book Offer

Put Your Hope Not in Lesser gods, But in the One True God

In his book Counterfeit Gods, Tim Keller shows us how a proper understanding of the Bible reveals the truth about societal ideals and our own hearts โ€” and that there is only one God who can wholly satisfy our cravings and fulfill our hopes.

February Book Offer

Put Your Hope Not in Lesser gods, But in the One True God

In his book Counterfeit Gods, Tim Keller shows us how a proper understanding of the Bible reveals the truth about societal ideals and our own hearts โ€” and that there is only one God who can wholly satisfy our cravings and fulfill our hopes.