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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Sam Allberry on Teaching Scripture in a Secular Context

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It is a sobering reality that those we teach often have their perspectives shaped more by the media they consume and the culture they inhabit than by the Word of God. Yet these are the people we must connect with as we teach.

Sam Allberry’s brilliant two-minute address at the Church of England General Synod in London in 2017 is an example of clarity and boldness in speaking into the secular mindset that pervades the church. His skill in communicating the truths of whatever biblical text we’re in, in a way that can be considered by those uninitiated or unconvinced by the gospel, comes through in my conversation with him on how to teach the Bible in a secular context.

Sam Allberry is an editor for The Gospel Coalition, a global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and a pastor based in Maidenhead, UK. He is the author of a number of books, including Is God Anti-Gay? (Good Book, 2013), Why Bother with Church? (Good Book, 2016) [20 quotes], and 7 Myths About Singleness (Crossway, forthcoming). He is a founding editor of Living Out, a ministry for those struggling with same-sex attraction.

You can listen to the episode here.



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