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Welcome. Evans Church of Christ. A More Excellent Way. Pt. 11 - Open Mindedness. “But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way .” 1 Cor. 12:31. Love. “Believes all things”. 1 Cor. 13:4-8a. Description of Love.

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Welcome

Evans Church of Christ

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A More Excellent Way

Pt. 11 - Open Mindedness

“But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.” 1 Cor. 12:31

Love

“Believes all things”

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1 Cor. 13:4-8a

Description of Love

4. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

5. does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

6. does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

7. bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8. Love never fails.

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Love

1 Cor. 13:4-8a

Description of Love

  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Generosity
  • Humility
  • Courtesy
  • Unselfishness
  • Good temper
  • Guilelessness

Dealing with our fellow man

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Love

1 Cor. 13:4-8a

Description of Love

  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Generosity
  • Humility
  • Courtesy
  • Unselfishness
  • Good temper
  • Guilelessness
  • Sincerity

Deals with our relationship with God

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Love

1 Cor. 13:4-8a

Description of Love

  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Generosity
  • Humility
  • Courtesy
  • Unselfishness
  • Good temper
  • Guilelessness
  • Sincerity
  • Spiritual strength
  • Open-Mindedness
  • Optimism
  • Faithfulness
  • Loverly

Self

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Love

Does not mean

“believes all things”

A person falls for everything he is told

1 Jn.4:1 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit”

1 Thes.5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

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Love

It does Mean

“believes all things”

Ready to accept what the evidence supports

Keep an open mind

Ready to believe whatever ought to be believed

Mind open to receive all truth

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A person with a closed mind

Matthew 13:15

For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.'

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Christ dealt with them…

Luke 15:1-2

1. Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.

2. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives sinners and eats with them."

Jews Murmuring against our Lord

Had closed minds - Jesus tried to teach them

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Three part Parable

Lk. 15:3-24

Parable of 100 Sheep

One was lost

Jesus left 99 to find the one lost

10 pieces of Silver

Woman lost one piece

Found - rejoiced

Father with 2 sons

One son left - prodigal

Father waited for his return

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Powerful Sermon did not

open their mind

Nothing wrong with the lesson

Preacher was excellent

The problem was with the hearers

  • They did not have an open mind
  • They did not love the truth

A closed mind is a disappointment

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Takes an open mind to

Be a Christian

Love gives truth a chance

Love “believes all things”

We have an open mind to learn what God wants us to do

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Takes an open mind to

Be a Christian

Minds open to the whole truth

Morality

Plan of Salvation - Acts 2:38

Many object to the truth about BAPTISM

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

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Takes an open mind to

Be a Christian

Minds open to the whole truth

Morality

Plan of Salvation - Acts 2:38

Plan of Worship

Jn. 4:24

New Testament is our guide

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Takes an open mind to

Be a Christian

Minds open to the whole truth

Morality

Plan of Salvation - Acts 2:38

Plan of Worship - Jn. 4:24

N.T. Church

Acts 20:28 - purchased

Eph.2:16 - reconciled

Eph. 1:22-23 – body, church

Eph. 4:4 – one body

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A More Excellent Way

Pt. 11 - Open Mindedness

“But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.” 1 Cor. 12:31

Love

“Believes all things”

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A Person with an open mind

accepts

What God teaches…

  • About Morality
  • The plan of Salvation
  • Worship in the church
  • The New Testament Church
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Heb. 4:12

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

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Love

1 Cor. 13:4-8a

Description of Love

  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Generosity
  • Humility
  • Courtesy
  • Unselfishness
  • Good temper
  • Guilelessness
  • Sincerity
  • Spiritual strength
  • Open-Mindedness
  • Optimism
  • Faithfulness
  • Loverly
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Sermon by Arthur Pigman

Evans Church of Christ

515 Gibbs Road

Evans, Ga. 30809

706-855-1249

evanscoc@bellsouth.net

www.evansgachurchofchrist.org

Sunday Evening October 20, 2013