Pastor's Paragraph, 11/14/2017

Dear Church Family,

Sunday was a beautiful day together in worship and fellowship at FBC Bridge City. Our morning service was filled with glorious Christ exalting music, a time to pray for our sister church FBC Sutherland Springs, a reminder from God’s Word that we all are to active in serving and exalting Christ with our spiritual gifts, and an opportunity to visit, share, and eat together at our Harvest meal. Thank you all who were a part of making the day special by serving faithfully.

We continue our sermon series, “All in the Family”, this Sunday by looking at 1 Corinthians 13. It is a chapter often referred to as the “love chapter.” Paul is writing of a “more excellent way” to express one’s spiritual gifts. The Corinthians had abused and misapplied their gifts meant to exalt Christ and cheapened them by exalting self. Paul in a dramatic fashion is challenging the Corinthians to make love the motivation, the fuel, for everything they do including the expression of spiritual gifts. His purpose is not to give them a definition of what love is, but to humble them by demonstrating how God has loved them and how they are now to do likewise for others. The failure to live out this kind of “love” is evident for them and for us.

Where the Corinthians had cheapened spiritual gifts (we also), we all the more cheapen love. You see portions of Chapter 13 on t-shirts, wall decorations, used in wedding vows, etc. We read the list while patting ourselves on the back failing to see it in context and read it with its purpose in mind. If we see failure in it, we quickly point to a person who is supposed to love us this way. What we are supposed to see is Christ’s fulfillment of every requirement and our inability to do likewise. We cannot love at this level. It is not possible for us. This is why Paul in chapter 14 encourages the reader to “pursue love” because we will never obtain it. To begin to love in this manner means to give up self and live exalting Christ (the one who loves this way). Our flesh will fail, but when we plug in spiritually through our gifts which are meant to exalt Christ we are empowered by the Spirit to love as never before. Love of self or love of Christ? We all love. The question is who.

FBCBC is where the “impossible” is a living reality everyday and Christ is who we seek to exalt. Invite someone to be a part of what God is doing at FBCBC.

Your Pastor,

Douglas Shows
1 Corinthians 13:13

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