Based on Romans 13:8-10, this sermon begins to explore an other-centered approach to relationships in light of God's command to "love one another" and to "love your neighbor as yourself."
This sermon continues the study of how a selfish approach to relationships violates 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and leads to difficult relationships that are not based on love.
I didn’t see the remake. I don’t know if I want to see the remake. In fact, some things shouldn’t be remade. But I loved the original. Growing up, The Magnificent Seven was my western of choice. Seven gunfighters are hired to defend a small Mexican village from an entire army of bandits. They know the odds are against them going in, but odds don’t matter. They have a job to do. Now, to achieve the proper effect, play the theme music loudly in your head and then reread those last three sentences. It kind of gives you goosebumps, doesn’t it? Keep the music playing and then listen intently as Steve McQueen says, “We deal in lead, friend.” Let it play some more and listen in as Cavera (the head of the bad guys) mocks all the new walls the villagers have made saying, “These won’t keep me out.” Only
When we look at our strained relationships, we ought to be able to identify where the train went off the tracks. And we can. It's our approach. We love the self-centered approach, but love demands that we use the "other" approach. This first sermon in the series contrasts our "selfish approach" to relationships with Paul's description of "the other approach" found in 1 Corinthians 13.