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Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-16

Unity: Follow Christ, Not Men

Intro.

1.  Unity is a defining trait of Godís people (Gen 13:8):

  a.  Prophesied, Isa 11:6-9 (peace); Ezek 34:23-25; Jno 10:14-16.

  b.  Prayed for, Jno 17:20-21.

  c.  Preached, Eph 4:1-6; Phil 2:1-2.

2.  Yet, the body of Christ has been ravaged by division:

  a.  Because of false teaching, Acts 15:1-2; 1 Jno 2:18-19.

  b.  Because of carnality, 1 Cor 3:1-3; 4:6.

  c.  Because of selfish ambition, Phil 2:3 (cf. Mk 9:33-34; 10:35-45; Lk 22:24-27; Jno 13:4-5).

3.  Unity does not just happen: it requires devoted and humble hearts, hard work and endurance, Eph 4:3.

 

I. A PLEA FOR UNITY, 1 Cor 1:10 (2 Cor 13:11).

  A.  Speak the Same Thing: Gospel of Christ, 2 Tim 4:2-4; Eph 4:4-6.

  B.  Be Mended Together in Same Mind and Same Judgment, Phil 2:2.

    1.  Have the mind of Christ, Phil 2:5-8 (be humble).

    2.  Put the word of Christ in your heart, Col 3:16.

    3.  Be a servant, not one who expects to be served (Jesus, Matt 20:28).

 

II. I HEAR THERE ARE CONTENTIONS AMONG YOU, 1 Cor 1:11-15 (11:18).

  A.  Following Men Divides the Body of Christ. 1:12-13 (Eph 4:4; 2:14-18)

    1.  Christ is not divided.

    2.  A man was not crucified for you.

    3.  You were not baptized in the name of any man.

  B.  Following Men Produces the Sins of Envy, Strife and Divisions, 1 Cor 3:3; Gal 5:20-21, 13-15.

 

III.  DIVISION AMONG BRETHREN MUST BE IDENTIFIED, ADDRESSED AND CORRECTED, Rom 16:17; 1 Cor 3:3.

   A.  Preachers are Servants and Fellow Workers in Godís Field, 1 Cor 3:5-9.

    1.  Preachers are not to be exalted over others, 3:5-7. Who worships a servant?!

      a.  Preachers are not saviors, 1:13; not authorities over you that you should be named from or by them (or approved by them), 1:13.

      b.  Preachers are ministers, not lords, 3:5.

      c.   Each preacher has different abilities (God-given) Ė use them in truth for Godís glory, 3:5.

      d.   Some, gospel meetings; others, private studies; others, establish new congregations; others, edification and encouragement; etc.

      e.   Use God-given gift with thanksgiving, 3:6-7 (not with envy, evil suspicions, jealousies and strife), 1 Pet 4:10-11.

    2.  Preachers must be united in purpose, 3:8-9. We mutually serve the Lord Christ, Col 3:23-24.

      a.  Results of our work are in Godís hands, 3:8 (3:6).

      b.  Workers are rewarded because they worked.

      c.   We are Godís fellow-workers, 3:9a.

 

Conclusion

1.  Unity among Godís people is good and pleasant in His sight, Psa 133:1.

2.  God hates one who causes discord among brethren, Prov 6:19.

3.  Which person will you and I be: One who promotes unity or who causes strife, factions and division? Rom 16:17-19; Titus 3:10-11