Divisions in the Church
Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 30,31; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 1
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
During Paul’s third missionary journey in Ephesus, he received word of some problems that the church in Corinth was facing. One of the problems plaguing the church at that time was disunity. The Corinthians heard the Gospel from many different sources – some heard about Christ from Paul, while others heard from Peter and Apollos. While Paul, Peter, and Apollos were all preaching the same Gospel, they each had their own style of preaching. Because of the different styles of the preachers, the members of the church started to cling to the messenger instead of the message. In 1 Corinthians 1:12, Paul explains the issue when he says, “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.” This division in the church was hurting the church as a whole and was keeping the Corinthians from reaching their full potential.
We still run the risk of having divisions in the church today. This could be divisions in a particular church congregation, or divisions of the church as a whole. This becomes especially prevalent when we begin to think that “our way” is the only way. As we all know, there are many different denominations of the Christian church and there are many different styles of worship. In some churches, people sing hymns from a book while listening to an organist, while in other churches people sing popular Christian songs with a live band. In some churches, you will see people with their hands raised in the air during worship, while in other churches that is completely taboo. Some people think that their preacher is the best preacher and will gladly tell you so, while others believe the same thing about their preacher. One believer might like a particular Christian author, while another believer might not. All of these differences can lead, to a certain degree, to divisions in the body of Christ as a whole.
So why is this such an issue? Why is disunity in the body of Christ or in a particular church congregation so bad? To find the best answer to this question, we need only to look to Christ himself. In Mark 3:25, Jesus said, “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Disunity ruins churches and destroys their witness for Christ. As we attempt to reach the lost and tell them about Jesus, we will not be nearly as successful if our church is divided. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ. We all worship the same God. We are all saved by the same grace. Do not allow your allegiance to any particular group or any particular style outweigh your allegiance to Christ. Do not allow the externals get in the way of what is truly important.
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