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The Basic Need

Many things matter in life, but the most important thing is to do everything in love.

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Here's a great sermon from one of our featured preachers, Haddon Robinson.

Introduction

T. S. Elliott, in one of his poems, asked a penetrating question about what matters and what seems to matter. How do we decide? If you're a thoughtful person, that question will dog you all of your life. Between what matters and what seems to matter, how do we decide?

You're faced with it now as students taking a number of courses. You have to attend a number of classes, read a number of books, write a number of papers, and take a number of exams. If you're married you have a responsibility to your spouse. If you have children you have a responsibility to them. If you have a job you have a responsibility to the persons paying you a salary. If you serve at a church you have a responsibility to that body of believers. Between what matters and what seems to matter, how do you decide?

You face it as you move out into ministry. For example, if you're a pastor you're always dogged by the tyranny of the urgent. So many things to do. Being the pastor of the local congregation is a bit like dipping the Atlantic. You dip and dip and dip, and there's a puddle at your feet but the Atlantic is always there. At the end of the day you wonder if you've done anything worthwhile. At the end of a week, at the end of a month, at the end of a ministry, at the end of a life you wonder if you have decided well between what matters and what seems to matter.

I face it. God, with his delicious sense of the absurd, put me as the acting president at Gordon-Conwell. My predecessor at Denver described the presidency as being trampled to death by ducks. The president does everything she can do to keep those ducks out, but they keep coming through the window. ...

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Haddon Robinson was a preacher and teacher of preachers all over the world. His last teaching position was as the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

How do you decide between what matters and what seems to matter?

I. How do you decide between what matters and what really matters?

II. Many gifts are good, but they are worthless if done without love.

III. Love matters most.

Conclusion

Of all the things that matter, love matters most.