Derrick Parks, Pastor and Church Planter of Epiphany Church of Wilmington, brings the worship message based on 1 Corinthians 13:4a, 7. Demonstrating love in a hostile world requires patience; that is, persevering and suffering long because people are messy. Loving hostile people requires kindness, which is more than being "nice." Kindness is being useful and benevolent toward others. Loving someone who is hostile means bearing all things; that is, pointing that person to the Saviour who protects and covers. Finally, loving in a hostile world requires knowing how to endure with people, keeping pace while carrying the light of Christ.
This sermon series is based on 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. Love Vs. is a play on words, a reference to these biblical verses and a reference to the battle we face against the enemies of love. Topics for this eight-week series are: Love Versus status, hostility, envy, pride, stubbornness, resentment, corruption and abandonment. It is ultimately through our love that the world will know that we belong to Christ.