Tom Scott - 4/06/2017
1 Corinthians 13:4
Date: June 5, 2017
Summer has arrived and with it come lots of fun in the sun. Camp started last night for several of us from the church. During the summer months the e-study is a great way to keep up with the messages we share on Sunday mornings. Yesterday we kicked off our summer series with a message from First Corinthians 13. Love is Patient. Here are five questions to help us reflect upon the message. Hope you enjoy.
1. Love is patient. Do you have a great story that illustrates the need for patience in your life like the story I shared about our dog who lacks patience when it comes to playing with him?
2. The apostle Paul writes about love in chapter 13. First on his list is patience. In the message I talked about patience meaning either waiting for someone or something and it also meaning long-suffering. Which definition do you find more challenging for you?
3. The first point that I made in the application section was that we needed to remember God’s example of patience. What are some examples of God’s patience which you can recall?
4. We also need to seek God’s spirit. The fourth fruit of the spirit is patience. We need to seek a greater presence of God’s spirit in our lives if we want to experience more patience in our lives. When was the last time you prayed for a great awareness of God’s spirit in your life?
5. Lastly, we need to trust in God’s timing. As I shared several times, God’s timing is much better than ours. Saul learned that the hard way in First Samuel chapter 13. Can you think of a time where having patience with God worked out for you?
Camp is such a great experience, but I also look forward to being back at church. Thanks for your prayers. Have a great week!
LOVE IS PATIENT
1 Corinthians 13:4 June 4, 2017
Introduction: For years people have told us that patience is a virtue. When it comes to defining the word “love;” Paul begins by mentioning patience. This morning we will look at the connection between love and patience. Is patience a quality that others find in us?
I. Will you please hurry it up?
A. Stitch is impatient.
B. Love is patient. 1 Corinthians 13:4
II. When will you be ready?
A. Waiting can be _______________. 1 Samuel 13:8-10
B. Suffering can be ______________. 1 Samuel 26:25
III. Why is it taking you so long?
A. Remember God’s _____________. Ephesians 4:2
B. Seek God’s _______________. Proverbs 16:32
C. Trust God’s _______________. James 5:7-8
Conclusion: The apostle Paul starts out his definition of love by talking about our need for patience. Many of us struggle with patience because of the fast paced society in which we find ourselves. Remaining patient with God and others can be a struggle, but it’s a sign of true love. How has God been developing patience within us lately?
Key Thought: We need to be more patient with God and others
Key Words: exhausting, difficult, example, spirit, timing