"Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away." I Corinthians 13:8
A local church can have dynamic and entertaining preaching but not have love.
A church can have tongues and prayer languages operating in it but not have love.
A church can have great strategies and experience and knowledge and yet lack love.
When Church was at its best and growing by the hundreds as recorded in Acts 2, do you know what it had? It had all four of these elements: powerful preaching by dynamic pastors, it had those who spoke in tongues, and it had those who received knowledge from God, and it was established on a firm foundation of love!
So, it is possible for a church to have it all!
It is preferable for a church to have it all when "ALL" includes love first and foremost!
I am committed to building a church like that because it was a church like that which captured my heart and changed my life! I have been a part of several churches that were build on love and I saw how powerful they were! Lives were changed on a regular basis and the fellowship was irresistible!
FredWes is very close to becoming a church like that!
Where love is the rule preaching is better! It's better because it is more passionate. It is better because when you preach what you love to people you love there is a more personal connection. Preaching is more practical when you know and love the people you can apply God's truths more effectively.
Where love is in operation tongues and all the other spiritual gifts operate effectively and in unity.
Where love is the rule knowledge and wisdom come from above. God gives inspiration and insight for all the plans and strategies of a local church.
Love works every time it is tried! In every relationship. In every decision. In every planning meeting and in every board meeting.
Loving people to life is much more that just a catchy slogan, it is a commitment to live out the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment every day in every decision.