Body of Christ, Whole or Fractured? by Virgil Stripes

1 Corinthians 1:10-19 (ESV)

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

We have this problem in the church today. The church as a whole, not our little congregation. The church is so fractured, I am certain it hurts the heart of Christ. The church is fractured into so many denominations it is ridiculous. This is not something that we can fix. But what we can do is to not make it worse. There are reasons each one of us believes what we do, and why we chose the denomination to which we belong. The challenge is to be secure in our beliefs without picking on those who believe differently. Other than the fundamentals of the Christian faith, there is room for differences. I think that Paul would be more concerned with our lives aligning with what we believe than the particular denomination we have chosen.

Am I more Calvinist, or more Arminian in my beliefs? Do I look down on those who differ? We should each reason through our beliefs and be secure in what and why we believe what we do. If you have questions about the difference in this one area, check out this link:

As was mentioned in Josh’s sermon yesterday, we have seen a rash of people denying the faith that they claimed for years. What we need to do is reason through these difficult questions. If you need help with them, call one of the other members, and start a discussion. Contact your small group leader, or if you don’t attend a small group, join one. Know what you believe, and why you believe it, and let’s build the Body of Christ into a stronger one, and stop the fracturing.

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