1 Corinthians 13 Gospel Love Isn’t an Abstraction; It’s a Person.

J.D. Greear recently published an article on how, “Every one of us is preparing for marriage.” In it he states:

Single Christians are preparing for marriage—but marriage to God, not to another person. Seen from this perspective, in fact, we’re all preparing for marriage. Some of us won’t experience marriage on this earth. But that doesn’t mean singles miss marriage completely. No, they will simply skip the shadow of earthly marriage and go straight to the substance of the heavenly marriage with Jesus Christ.

The ironic thing about preparing for marriage to Christ is that if and when you do find your spouse, you’ll be ready for them. Far too often we obsess about finding the right person, when Scripture counsels us to become the right person. As Andy Stanley says it, “Are you the person that the person you’re looking for…is looking for?”

Practically speaking, what does this kind of “ultimate marriage preparation” look like?

To read the entire blog post, head over to J.D.’s blog.

The Kingdom Diversity Podcast: Segregation in the American Church Pew

A few weeks ago Walter Strickland and Ed Stetzer sat down to discuss LifeWay Research’s findings from January 2015: “Sunday Morning in America Still Segregated – and That’s OK With Worshippers.” The research can be found here.

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  • 41% of pastors only address the issue of race once a year.
  • 67% of church goers said their church is doing enough to become racially diverse.
  • Where does the apathy about diversity come from?
  • How do we sway those who are complacent with the current state of diversity in their church?
  • Are we welcoming, but not necessarily engaging, the ethnic communities around us?

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