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“What Does Agape Mean?” Sermon for July 9, 2017

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Published on Jul 10, 2017

Mr. Aubrey Grey, Worship Elder

Preacher's Warmup:
We hear a lot about love in the Bible and in the secular world. We love Starbucks; we love to watch TV or read books; we love our family, our pets. Greek has different words for all of these different loves and more. I found 8 different Greek words for love, but only three of them are used in the New Testament. The special word in Greek for love is AGAPE. This word rarely appears outside of the Bible in ancient Greek literature. The Septuagint, an early Greek translation of the Old Testament, uses the word frequently to translate certain Hebrew words, but as Christians, we have taken the word to be very special. It is special because it is what C.S. Lewis calls Godly love, or charity in his book "The Four Loves." We are called to see God and Jesus as models for our love for each other. I would like to share with you the love (AGAPE) which I have felt from WPC people as well as show examples of how you and I can also model this love. After all, Jesus gave only one new commandment in the Bible. It is in John 13:34: "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another."

Blessings,
Aubrey
Worship Elder


1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.



John 13:31-35
When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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