This sermon was given by Mark Rupp, candidate for Pastor of Christian Formation at Columbus Mennonite Church.
Twelve Scriptures project
Text #5: 1 Corinithians 13
What is love?
For the last few weeks we have been exploring this question. As a congregation we have named three scriptures into our top twelve that attempt to dive into the heart of this question. Yet, in many ways, it could also be argued that we have named 12 scriptures that get at this question. Perhaps instead of “The Primacy of Love” we should have named this section “The Indefinability of Love.” Is it any wonder that we have and need so many resources to help us answer the question, “What is love?” when one of our primary ways of understanding love is simply, “God is love.” That settles it, right?
But thankfully we also have any number of other resources for helping us to answer this question. Maybe it’s helpful for us to have Jesus boil everything down to “love God and love neighbor,” but we see in at least one of the scriptural versions of this account that even this answer invites further questions. “But who...