Sin City (2) - Notes
CLIQUES IN CORINTH
1 Corinthians 2:3
I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.
DO IT SCARED!
- Paul showed up
- Paul spoke up
- Paul kept it simple
- People came to Christ
- A church was formed
- Paul stayed 1 1/2 years laying the foundation
- Eventually Paul moved on
The vacuum created by Paul’s absence was filled with multiple problems
PROBLEM # 1 - DIVISIONS
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?
The church was incredibly diverse - Jews, Gentiles (from around the Roman world), slaves, free, wealthy, poor
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
- The division centered around leaders (not their fault)
- We don’t know the details about the division
- Led to competition, pride, quarrels and separation
- To rally around human leaders will create division (and disappointment)
- To rally around Jesus will create unity (and maturity)
1 Corinthians 3:1-15
Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?
1. Grow up
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
2. Remember what leadership is about
Leaders aren’t God; they’re just servants
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
3. Build on Jesus using the best materials possible
- Compare Leaders
- Major in Minors (Focus on Only 1 Thing)
- Demand Uniformity instead of Unity/Harmony
- Keep to Your Clique
- Sunday Only Connects
- Immature Use of Social Media
A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
It’s time to be part of the solution and not part of the problem!
- Who do you need to call?
- Who do you need to forgive?
- To whom do you need to apologize?