Church unity is so important. We are a family in Christ and just like parents must show a united front to their children for that disunity can be the break down of this family. Do we need to agree on every single thing? No. We can disagree respectively. Together we our focus should be on Jesus Christ. We are united by His blood. That we should agree on. We can not focus on every man or woman that states they know the truth or the way unless that way is through the crucifixion. God’s Word is the only Truth we can always agree on.
Together as a family in Christ we must unite. Relationships need to be repaired and remain focused on Jesus. When we argue over things that pull us away from that unity that are not even relevant to God’s Word that is where the division begins. Such as who are you voting for? What you should wear? Where should you live? Who is right? Who is wrong? Is My way better than YOUR way? No! Stop! God’s Way is the only Truth you can rely on.
I’m reading a book a book right now by C.S. Lewis, called The Screwtape Letters. In this book, a senior demon advises his nephew, Wormwood, how to afflict Christians. At one point, he challenges Wormwood to focus in on what he calls “purely indifferent things” (e.g., clothes, candles, the semantics of “mass” and “holy communion”). This demon believes that if Wormwood persuades Christians to focus on “purely indifferent things” that they will be distracted from their mission
Satan’s strategy is to divide and conquer, but we must turn the tables on him. We must choose to unite and conquer.
In 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 Paul speaks to the Corithians about this division. He reminds them we are brothers and sisters in the family if Christ. He does not command them to unify because you cannot. Unity must be in the heart.
So many Christians think they don’t need to go to church to be a believer. That they can read their bible and pray Some of them have had bad experiences at church and don’t want to go back. We need church though to help us mature and grow in our walk with God. We don’t have to agree with every single thing that us said if it conflicts with God’s Word. A healthy disagreement can help open our hearts and grow.
Paul sees being “made complete” is to be involved in the local church. There are millions of Christians who don’t attend church who assume that they are mature and walking with God. Maturity only takes place when we are in fellowship with others because spirituality demands community. You will never know if you are spiritual if you avoid relationships with other Christians. If you avoid the church family how can you grow? Together we can come together and grow. The blood of Christ brought us together this morning.” When that is not THE priority, any other priority will ultimately divide us.
In other words, the crucifixion – Christ’s saving work for us on the cross – is what brings us together. It ought to be, and truly only can be, the one thing that unites us.
I ask you, as Christians what is our goal? To share God’s Word and live in eternity with our Heavenly Father. We can agree that the Way is accepting and believing in Jesus as our Savior and Lord. We agree we must confess our sins to God and each other and ask for forgiveness.
So let us Stand together in Unity. Share the gospel! God’s Word we can agree on!
1 Corinthians 1:10-17
A Church Divided Over Leaders
10 “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,[a] 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. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 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.”
13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.)17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”