1 Cor.1:10 – Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.
You ever wonder what it was like in the first century to have literally one church in each town? From God’s perspective it is still like that; there is literally only one church in every community. Obviously that is not what we experience in our day to day lives. Churches have been split again and again over the centuries. In the church in Corinth, the seeds of a church split were already growing. The people were drawing up sides because of their favorite speaker with his teaching emphasis. The truth is that each speaker had a role to play and there was room in the church for many different emphases. Paul told the church in Corinth that these divisions were a sign of their spiritual immaturity. His solution- get your eyes on Jesus.
The enemy always comes up with something to divide us. A few months ago it was the Presidential election. Over the last two years it has been over masks and no masks, vaccines or no vaccines, and mandates or no mandates. I guess the question I want to ask is this- don’t you think there is room for all of those beliefs in his church? Can we still take communion and fellowship together if we have a different opinion about masks and vaccines? Here is what Brian Simmons says about division in the church:
“The congregation of believers in Corinth was sorely divided. They had divided over which leader or apostle they followed, over the limits of their freedom, over their socio-economic status, and over spiritual gifts. Division among believers grossly hinders our message and ministry to the world of unbelievers. Paul is pleading with them to unite around the love of God for one another.”
We live in difficult times, but also in times of great opportunity for the advancing of the gospel. I ask you to guard your heart from being separated from the body of Christ. The more we are separated the less effective we become. If you have been away from corporate meetings please return to your church. If you have been distracted by fighting about mandates, political positions, and vaccinations maybe its time to focus on church life, evangelism, and making disciples. This is our moment. Together we can gather the harvest; separated we are less effective in fulfilling the great commission.