1. The Perfections of Love, Part 2 (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) John MacArthur

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    http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-404 Let's open the Word of God to chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians. We're talking about the perfections of love...the perfections of love. This particular chapter is about how Christians love each other. It's not so much about loving God, it's not so much about husbands loving your wives, or wives loving your husbands, although all these characteristics of love apply to every single relationship. This is more about loving in the church, loving in the life of the church. The whole 1 Corinthian letter is about conduct in the church, about how you act in the church, about how you conduct your behavior among fellow believers. This chapter is notable, concise, profound, rich, complete and very familiar to us. But I want to read it again because I always want you to know this chapter and have it accessible in your memory. "If I speak with the tongues and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clinging...clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly. It does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away. If there are tongues, or languages, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love."...

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    • The Perfections of Love, Part 1 (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) John MacArthur

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      http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-403 We have begun a fresh new look at 1 Corinthians chapter 13, the great love chapter. As I look back over the 40-plus years of ministry of the Word of God here at Grace Church, I have decided that on Sunday nights we're going to continue to look at some of the highlight texts of Scripture and some of the highlight doctrines that we have studied through the years. We've been doing that for a number of years now and going over these great themes and great doctrines of Scripture, great sections. And certainly 1 Corinthians 13 is one of those. This chapter on love is the greatest that has ever been written on the subject of love. It is the sunum bonum of chapters on love and it is the highpoint of our Christian experience to demonstrate love to one another. This is not really about marital love, although it encompasses that. It's not about family love, phileo love, although it encompasses that. It really is about love in the church. It's about loving each other in the body of Christ. We all know that God is love and we have been given the capacity to love because He loved us first. John says we love Him because He first loved us. We also know that the Apostle Paul reminds us that the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts. We follow the divine pattern in loving and we have a capacity to love granted to us by the Holy Spirit. We should be best known by our love, "By this shall all men know that you're My disciples, that you have love for one another," Jesus said to the Apostles gathered in the Upper Room on the night of His betrayal. And Paul also adds that love is the fulfilling of the whole Law....

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      • Love: The Greatest Thing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3) John MacArthur

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        http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-402 Let's turn in the Word of God to the thirteenth chapter of Paul's letter to the Corinthians, 1 Corinthians chapter 13. As I mentioned this morning, over the next number of months I want to do some...some great chapters in the Scripture, some in the New and some in the Old Testament, some familiar portions of Scripture, some perhaps less familiar but significant chapters of the Bible and in a sense hit the mountain peaks as we take a look at God's glorious revelation. First Corinthians chapter 13 has been determined by some to be the deepest and the purest and the strongest aspect of spiritual life about which the Apostle Paul ever wrote. Some have dubbed it Paul's hymn of love. It is a glorious chapter. It is a beautiful chapter, a magnificent one, but more importantly, it is highly instructive, so much so as to be critical for all of us who are engaged in ministry. Let me read these thirteen verses to you and you follow as I read. "If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor and if I surrender my body to be burned but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous; love does not brag, it is not arrogant, it does not act unbecomingly, it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love."...

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        • Sovereignty and Freedom (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur

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          http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-399 Well, we are alerted throughout this series that every time you come to a service at Grace Church, you're going to hear about an attribute of God. We want you to know our all glorious God. We want you to know all that you can know about Him, all that is revealed on the pages of Scripture. And the emphasis that we have for this morning is on the sovereignty of God. Simply stated, Psalm 103 verse 19 says, "His sovereignty rules over all." And we saw that demonstrated, didn't we, in the passages that we read earlier from Isaiah and from Daniel. God is the absolute ruler of this world and the entire universe. God is the one who decrees all things, who purposes all things and who accomplishes all things that He decrees and purposes. He is simply in charge of absolutely everything. Through the years, of course, we have studied the Scripture long enough and deeply enough to be very familiar with the sovereignty of God. So in order to address that subject in a way that perhaps is not redundant, I want to approach the subject of the sovereignty of God from the standpoint of the question...does the truth of divine sovereignty eliminate human will...eliminate human will, human volition?...

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          • A True Knowledge of the True God, Part 2 (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur

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            http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-398 Let's continue what we began this morning and open your Bible to the seventeenth chapter of Acts. I know it's a little unusual for me to begin a sermon on a Sunday morning and wrap it up on a Sunday night, but it is unusual because this is the Sunday that I am introducing to you the series on the attributes of God. I tried to establish this morning how important it is to know our God. You remember, don't you, the prayer of our Lord in John 17 where He prays to the Father, "And this is eternal life that they may know You, the only true God and the Lord Jesus Christ whom You have sent." The prayer of our Lord is that we would have a true knowledge of God. And you remember that the Lord spoke through the prophet Jeremiah in chapter 9 and verses 23 and 24 and said, "If you're going to boast, don't boast about your wisdom. If you're going to boast, don't boast about your might. If you're going to boast, don't boast about your riches. If you want to boast, boast that you know Me." And then God goes on to say, "It is in that that I delight." And then we were instructed from Hosea 6 and verse 6 where God speaks again through the prophet and says, "It is not sacrifice that satisfies Me, it is not burnt offering that satisfies Me, it is the knowledge of God that I desire that we may know Him so that we may worship Him in truth...in truth....

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            • A True Knowledge of the True God, Part 1 (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur

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              http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-397 I want to read a text of Scripture in the seventeenth chapter of Acts, so open your Bible, if you will, to Acts again, chapter 17. In verse 16, the Apostle Paul has arrived on his second missionary journey in the great city of Athens. That's where we'll pick up the account...Acts 17 and verse 16. "Now while Paul was waiting for them...that is Silas and Timothy who were going to join him there...while he was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols. So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be present and also, some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were conversing with him. Some were saying, 'What would this idle babbler wish to say?' Others, 'He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,' because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, 'May we know what this new teaching is which you're proclaiming? For you are bringing some strange things to our ears; so we want to know what these things mean.' (Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.) "So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, 'Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, "TO AN UNKNOWN GOD." Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all things in it since He is Lord of heaven and earth does not dwell in temples made with hands, nor is He served by human hands as though He needed anything since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things. And He made from one, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times in the boundaries of their habitation, and they would seek God if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him though He is not far from each one of us, for in Him we move and exist as even some of your own poets have said, for we also are His children. Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to all men that all people everywhere should repent because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.' "Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but others said, 'We shall hear you again concerning this.' So Paul went out of their midst. But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius, the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris and others with them."...

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              • The Pattern for Biblical Fellowship, Part 2 (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur

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                http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-396 Well tonight, as you know, we are continuing to look at the subject of fellowship. And we talked about that a little bit last time. Let me just give you a brief introduction. We hear the word a lot around the church, always have, but we need to get a good understanding and a good definition of what it actually means. The church is a fellowship. The Greek word koinonia means partnership. That's essentially what it means. Shared life, shared ministry, shared responsibility, shared resources, all of those fit together to make up what we understand as fellowship. The component that makes it work is love, spiritual life and spiritual love. The love of Christ shed abroad in our hearts draws us not only to Him, but to one another. And so, in fellowship we serve one another in love. And the goal of this fellowship, according to Ephesians, is to build up the body of Christ into the fullness of the stature of Christ. We serve each other in love for the purpose of strengthening the body, giving honor to the Lord, enjoying His blessing, demonstrating His power, giving witness to the world and becoming increasingly more like Him....

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                • The Pattern for Biblical Fellowship, Part 1 (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur

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                  http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-395 Tonight I want to talk to you about the doctrine...what the Bible teaches about fellowship...fellowship. You might not think that fellowship is a doctrine, but it is. It's a clear teaching of Scripture. Doctrine is just a stiffer word for teaching, I guess you could say. So we want to talk a little bit about fellowship, what fellowship really is. Fellowship is a word that's been thrown around the church as long as I can remember, having been raised in a church as a pastor's kid. I always...I always heard the word "fellowship," virtually every church I was ever in had a place called Fellowship Hall. I assumed that whatever happened in that place was fellowship because that was Fellowship Hall. And my definition of fellowship had to do with stale cookies and red punch and the smell of old coffee because that seemed to be what went on in that place. But there's much more to the biblical concept or the biblical doctrine of fellowship. It is indeed a very, very rich reality....

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                  • Reasons to Forgive, Part 2 (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur

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                    http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-394 Now, last Sunday night we talked a little bit about forgiveness. This is a big subject, but it's a subject that we need to get our arms around in a practical way. Forgiveness is very, very important to us. Forgiveness is essential to life as a Christian. And I'm giving you a list of principles that demonstrate the importance of forgiveness. Last week we looked at the first one which really leads the parade. Forgiveness is the most godlike act a person can do. You're never more like God than when you forgive. Obviously we celebrate the forgiveness of God. We understand the forgiveness of God. It is God overlooking our sin. It is God overlooking our guilt. It is God giving us a promise that we are forgiven of all our sins, past, present and future. We enter into an undeserved, unearned condition of complete and total forgiveness by the sheer grace of God. That is the model for our forgiveness. We forgive out of grace, not because somebody earned it. We offer forgiveness freely, unconditionally, without restraint, without restriction. And with that offer of forgiveness, we abandon all animosity, all anger, all hatred, all desire for retaliation, all desire for vengeance, all bitterness. And this will guarantee for us a life free from the root of bitterness that it talks about in the book of Hebrews, free from carking anger and hostility that eats away at the joy of the soul. Forgiveness is the most godlike thing you can do. And He is the model. You forgive and you forgive again, and you forgive again, and you forgive again. As we learn from our Lord's words to Peter, "You forgive seventy times seven, seventy times a day." As often as you're offended, that's how often you forgive....

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                    • The Complexity of Divine Love (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur

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                      http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-392 Over the next few weeks I'm going to be talking to you on some subjects that are on my heart. Kind of a...a little bit of chain of things that the Lord has laid on my heart that basically come out of some of our most recent studies. It was a few weeks ago at a Sunday morning communion service that I gave a message on the atonement. It had a very good reaction, I think, at least so far all has been positive. But more than that, it had a very wide reaction. I had an awful lot of feedback to that message about the fact that Jesus Christ died a real death, an actual atonement was provided for all who would believe. Not a potential atonement, but an actual atonement that Jesus didn't die for everybody potentially, He died for His own specifically, and actuality. That is a view of the atonement that is historic, that is the New Testament view of the atonement, first of all, and has been held through the ages by those who rightly understood the New Testament. Jesus died an actual death, paid an actual penalty for all who would believe. He died for His own people. He laid down His life, He said, for His sheep. He knows His sheep, He said in John 10, and His sheep know Him eventually. It is for them that He died. Now this death that Jesus died is prompted by the love of God. "God so loved the world...that is humanity... that He gave His only Son." Obviously that love for humanity has a specific and particular application to those who believe. God loves all men in some ways, but He loves His own savingly....

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