The Danger of Division
Differing opinions are unavoidable and often lead to healthy conversations and wise decisions. But when “different” becomes “division,” the result is always destructive. 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.1 Corinthians 1:10 ESV In his letter to the church in Corinth, Paul passionately appealed for unity. He wasn’t attempting to force singularity of mind, but harmony of spirit. God desires… Read More
Will You Pray With Me?
I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, (Romans 15:30 ESV) The “prayer of agreement” unleashes tremendous power. Although Paul was one of the greatest men of faith in all of church history, he depended on his brothers and sisters to pray for him and with him. There are no “lone rangers” in the kingdom of God. In fact, even Jesus asked his disciples to come with him to the… Read More
When a Church is Divided
I hear that there are divisions among you when you meet as a church… (1 Corinthians 11:18 NLT) As a twenty three year old, I was excited about the new ministry assignment into which I was walking. My wife and I looked forward to the hopes and promises of ministry in a well-respected church filled with people who had welcomed us warmly. Then we attended their annual business meeting. To be fair, it wasn’t a horrid display of carnality. Not at all. But neither was it comforting or peaceful. There was an… Read More