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Christian History: 6 Great Sermons on Love

By    |   Friday, 06 Nov 2015 05:14 PM

Love is the foremost virtue of a Christian lifestyle. 1 Corinthians 13, a Bible scripture often read during weddings, proclaims, "Love never fails."

Because of the great importance the Bible gives to the virtue of love, many pastors conduct sermons on love. The following are six noteworthy sermons on love from Christian history.

1. "Heaven, A World of Love," Jonathan Edwards
One of the great pastors of the First Great Awakening, Puritan Jonathan Edwards preached during the early- to mid-1700s. His sermon "Heaven, a World of Love" was based off 1 Corinthians 3:8-10. Edwards proclaimed that love (charity) will remain when every other virtue has passed away. Because God is a god of love and he lives in heaven, heaven is a world of love.

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2. "Christian Love," D.L. Moody
An evangelist who stressed the importance of literal interpretation of the Bible, D.L. Moody founded churches and schools, preached in the slums, and starting in 1870 conducted revival tours. His "Christian Love" sermon emphasized the importance of holding truth in love; it extolled his listeners to love Jesus as he loves the whole world.

3. "How He Loves Us," Billy Graham
Billy Graham preached "How He Loves Us" during his 1979 Atlantic Crusade in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The sermon stressed that Jesus loves every individual, regardless of past sin. A Southern Baptist evangelist who was primarily active in the 1950s through 1970s, Graham held revivals and preached sermons that were broadcast on radio and television. He spiritually advised many presidents, and conducted more than 400 crusades around the world.

4. "Freed to Love," John Piper
Based off Galatians 5:13-15, the 1983 sermon "Freed to Love" stated that love is never about doing moral actions — it is about the heart. Love is truly love when God is honored above all else. Calvinist Baptist theologian John Piper, former longtime pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, is the author of many books.

5. "Pass the Love Test," T.D. Jakes
This 2012 sermon extolled love as more important than following rules, and that love trumps anxiety. T.D. Jakes is currently the Bishop of a nondenominational megachurch in Dallas, Texas. His sermons are broadcast on multiple channels, reaching thousands of people. Jakes traveled with then-President George W. Bush to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, and conducted an early morning prayer service for President Barack Obama.

6. "You Make Me Crazy: Finding the Love of Your Life," Rick Warren
Evangelical pastor Rick Warren is the founder of Saddleback Church in California. He has authored many Christian books and devotionals. He is known for his conservative theological and social views. His 2014 sermon "You Make Me Crazy: Finding the Love of Your Life" focuses on spiritual unity in a marital context.

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Love is the foremost virtue of a Christian lifestyle. 1 Corinthians 13, a Bible scripture often read during weddings, proclaims, "Love never fails." Because of the great importance the Bible gives to the virtue of love, many pastors conduct sermons on love.
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