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Summary: Paul appeals to the Corinthian church to unify. He pleads for unity of word and unity of action.

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Introduction

A. Two taxidermists stopped in front of a window where an owl was on display. They immediately began to criticize the way it was mounted. Its eyes were not natural; its wings were not in proportion with its head; its feathers were not neatly arranged; and its feet could be improved. Just when they had finished with their criticism, the owl turned his head...and blinked. It’s easier to be critical than correct.

1. Lets begin by turning to 1 Corinthians 1:10-18

1 Corinthians 1:10-18 (NKJV)

Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. {11} For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you. {12} Now I say this, that each of you says, "I am of Paul," or "I am of Apollos," or "I am of Cephas," or "I am of Christ." {13} Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? {14} I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, {15} lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name. {16} Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other. {17} For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. {18} For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

2. The copy of the New King James has divided this passage into 2 topics

a. First was the fact of divisions in the church

b. The second is the cause of division in the church

(1) Lets read again 1 Corinthians 1:10

II. Body

A. Paul begins this portion of his first letter to the Corinthian church by begging the church to speak, he says to all speak the same thing, unity

1. Unity of word

a. That there should be a unity of doctrine

b. And there should be unity of action

c. Years ago, when we attend Highland Baptist Church in Leomenster Mass, we had a guest speaker one Sunday, his name was John Debrine. John Debrine was the host on a Christian Music radio program from Cape Cod. He was also chairmen of the radio programs governing board. He told us that in things concerning inconsequential matters, such as the color of the ladies restroom, only a majority of votes would carry the issue. But in matters concerning the ministry, if the vote was not unanimous they did nothing about the issue at hand. His reasoning was concise, If the board was not unanimous, some one was out of fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Because the Holy Spirit will not disagree with Himself. If some one were to be out of fellowship with the Holy Spirit, Satan has a foot hold.

d. Stanly Jones wrote in Leadership Magazine, “Talk about what you believe and you have disunity. Talk about Who you believe in and you have unity.”


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