Is Christ divided?
1 Corinthians 1:10-13 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: one of you says, ‘I follow Paul’; another, ‘I follow Apollos’; another, ‘I follow Cephas’; still another, ‘I follow Christ.’ Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?
As Christians we are called to be united and although we all have different views and personality differences but we should not divide over them. We are called to “keep the bond of peace” according to Ephesians 3:4 and some of the issues we end up debating and disagreeing on are very fruitless in building the Church up or impacting the lost world around us!
Some churches fight over worship style, preaching format, the issue of whether or not a believer should or should not be allowed to speak in tongues, we see pastors even go ad far as criticizing other pastors. We see believers getting upset and angry with other believers over silly things. An example of this could be whether or not its permissible to have an alcoholic beverage in moderation every now and then. Some are convinced Alcohol is pure sinful and others don’t view it as sin unless it leads to drunkenness. There are many things like this. We know as believers certain things are black and white right and wrong but Romans 14:1-23 gives us some guidelines to follow in the grey areas that are not in clear violation of God’s Word. The basic principle is if what you feel is acceptable in your walk with Christ ends up hindering another believers growth than its better not to do it.
Lets take a look at this second part of the passage:
1 Corinthians 1:12-13 What I mean is this: one of you says, ‘I follow Paul’; another, ‘I follow Apollos’; another, ‘I follow Cephas’; still another, ‘I follow Christ.’ Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptised in the name of Paul?
What does this look like in our churches today? Well believers can disagree even on certain Bible teachers, one might think to themselves well “I listen to Pastor John” and others say “well Pastor Bob says this” and yet others say with pride “Your both wrong cause I listen to Jesus and he told me this”
The main goal of the Church both locally and globally is to
1) Glorify God by obeying and loving Christ and each other!
2) Taking the gospel locally and worldwide!
SEE Part 2