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A Study Guide to Charity and Its Fruits

An Outline of Jonathan Edwards’s Sermons on Love from 1 Corinthians 13

Highlighting Edwards’ masterful exposition of Divine love, this clear and accurate study guide to Charity and Its Fruits traces and outlines Edwards’ flow of thought, provides helpful explanatory notes, and presents the biblical nature of Christian love with an abundance of texts derived from Edwards’ citations. This faithful, condensed, and accessible help glorifies the infinite excellence of God’s love and forms an ideal companion for personal devotions, small groups, and Bible studies. The result is a greater appreciation and longing for the presence of God in that marvelous world of love that is our heavenly home.


“With accuracy and clarity, Craig Biehl has given us an excellent guide to this historically, theologically, and spiritually important work. With a massive number of texts based on Edwards’s citations, he provides a powerful presentation of Scripture concerning Christian love, while highlighting Edwards’s masterful exposition of the divine love that graciously invites, qualifies, and prepares fallen sinners for endless happiness in the presence of the infinitely lovely God.” —Tom J. Nettles, Senior Professor of Historical Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Craig Biehl's study guide to Charity and Its Fruits provides an in-depth analysis of Jonathan Edwards' sermons on First Corinthians 13, blending historical theology with practical insights. Biehl's work demonstrates a profound grasp of Edwards’ theology, contextualizing it while making it accessible and relevant for contemporary readers. His balanced approach highlights both the historical significance and modern-day applicability of Edwards' teachings, contributing significantly to religious studies and the understanding of Christian love.” —Adriaan C. Neele, President and Professor of Homiletics and Historical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.

“Kudos to Dr. Biehl for this marvelous study guide. Edwards’ sermons on I Corinthians 13 are a goldmine. I pray that more Christians will use them as they grow to maturity in Christ. The Lord knows we need more mature Christians these days, full of just the kind of the love these sermons describe.” —Douglas A. Sweeney, Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

“In this study guide on some of Jonathan Edwards’s most loved sermons, Craig Biehl sketches his outlines, traces his flow of thought, provides explanatory notes, and inserts scriptural references. The product is a faithful, condensed, and accessible digest that is ideal for personal devotions, small groups, and Bible studies. Pay special attention to Edwards’s experiential applications and exhortations at the end of each chapter!”—Joel R. Beeke, Chancellor and Professor of Homiletics & Systematic Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

“In some circles, Jonathan Edwards is known only as the man who preached ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’ – mocked by Robert Lowell in his poem ‘Mr Edwards and the Spider’. Without any inconsistency, Edwards is also the pastor who in 1738 preached 16 sermons on 1 Corinthians 13:1-10. The final one portrayed heaven most powerfully as ‘a World of Love’. Edwards’ sermons provide a searching and comprehensive treatment of the chapter, and Craig Biehl proves to be a most helpful guide. The result is a spiritual feast, which I, for one, relished, and I trust many readers do too.”—Peter Barnes, Pastor, Revesby Presbyterian Church, Lecturer in Church History at Christ College, Sydney

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Table of contents

1    All True Grace Is Summed Up in Love    
2    Love Is Greater Than Extraordinary Gifts    
3    All We Do or Suffer Is Worthless Without Love    
4    Love Humbly Bears Injuries Inflicted Upon Us by Others    
5    Love Moves Us to Do Good to Others    
6    Love Is the Opposite of an Envious Spirit    
7    Love Is Humble    
8    Love Is the Opposite of Selfishness    
9    Love Is the Opposite of an Angry Spirit    
10  Love Is the Opposite of an Overly Critical Spirit    
11  True Grace in the Heart Leads to Holy Practice in Life    
12  Love Is Willing to Suffer for Christ    
13  All Christian Graces Are Related and Mutually Dependent    
14  Love, or True Grace, Endures Despite Opposition    
15  The Holy Spirit and Grace of Divine Love Will Indwell Saints Forever    
16  Heaven Is a World of Love