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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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Why Jesus Calls You In

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“As an embassy of the high king of heaven here at Third Avenue, we have been given a mission. Yes, we have been called to get the gospel right, and if you are a member of this church, we have ensured that you can get the gospel right. But we’ve also been called to get the gospel out.” — Matt Smethurst

Text: Mark 3:13–19

Preached: July 1, 2018

Location: Third Avenue Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky

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