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Summary: One of the root causes of an ineffective fellowship is the spirit of division

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No Division in the Fellowship

I Corinthians 1: 10

Perhaps the primary reason the church is ineffective is because we take our cues from some place other that the word of God

Most often we look like something other than the church of God

We live in a cutthroat environment and it has filtered into the church and may be the source of division

The first question that we should ask is who is my brother?

We are all brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus

That is clear from the previous verses

We have all received the grace of God

We do not lack any spiritual gifts

We all have gifts that are useful to the body of Christ

The source of the division according to Paul is that we are not in agreement

When he says that they are to agree with one another what he is saying is that they should say the same thing

Say the same thing

So the key to unity is speaking the same thing

Does that mean you can’t think for yourself?

Does that mean you can’t have an opinion?

No, but when it comes to matters of the kingdom there is one guide, the word of God.

Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

The primary or root cause is the misunderstanding of the truth of God or being willfully ignorant of that truth.

For instance sometimes when it comes to the hard truth of scripture it is easy to misunderstand

Is it for that day or culture, or is it applicable today

Example: women keeping silent in the church

But on the other hand it’s not hard to understand turning the other cheek

It is just a matter of doing it

But then there is the other problem of refusing to study the revealed word of God which leads to ignorance and confusion

It is in these cases that there are problems, what people believe are their own opinions

The result is a combination of mindsets which lead to division

Although this sounds like a minor deal, mindsets translate into behavior

That’s why Paul told Timothy to Study so that we could rightly handle the word of God

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2Ti 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

So Paul tells the church at Corinth to agree with one another or say the same thing.

Think Christian not black or white or what is politically correct or culturally correct or any other thing

Example;

Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Gal 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself

Php 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

When the frame of reference is the word of God we think the same thing and say the same thing

The goal is perfect unity in mind and thought


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