Divisions Among the Church | 1 Corinthians 1:10-11

Divisions Among the Church | 1 Corinthians 1:10-11

Introduction

This morning we are going through 2 whole verses!

1 Corinthians 1:10-11 ESV  10  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.  11  For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers.

So lets talk about division!

  • I am sure if you have been here long you know that I truly desire to have a united body of Christ! I believe it to be of the utmost importance for the Christian life, and clearly we see this is important to Paul as well.
    • But before we talk about how much we should be and can be united, we need to talk about how much we actually are divided.
      • Y’all ready, cause I am about to bring it… I mean this is how it is going to be with preaching through the book of First Corinthians, if Paul encourages the church in Corinth, then my message will be encouraging, but if Paul rebukes the church then my message will be one of rebuke. Sound fair?

Let’s admit we are divided

  • So today’s message definitely leads toward the rebuking side, and that is ok, because we have a God who loves us enough to help correct us and guide us when we go astray! THAT’S A GOOD THING!
    • And here we see that the Corinthians have been going a little bit astray…
      • Verse 11  For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers.
    • Paul is straight up calling the church of the Corinthians out! And I want to bring the same word to us here today church… THERE IS DIVISION AMONGST US!
      • If we can’t admit that then we are never going to change.
        • So before we get into how to change let me open your eyes to the division amongst our church here.
          • Now let me just preface, I am talking to myself here, alright, if these things don’t ring true to you then you can just look down on me, ok?
  • Here is how we are divided:
    • We are divided because of politics:
      • Because some of us are democrats, some of us are republicans, some of us lean left, and others right.
        • Because the way we vote for some reason holds some sort of emotional nerve that gets all offended when someone disagrees with us.
        • Because we can’t humble ourselves to see another’s point of view.
        • Because we are deceived into thinking that we can argue someone down and change their mind.
        • Because we, somewhere deep down, truly believe that the way we vote will actually effect the way the world is. That somehow if some political party get’s elect that Satan will win and Jesus will stop being God.
          • Y’all know what I am talking about…. Just think for a minute, have you ever looked down on someone for thinking differently about politics than you?
          • Sure you have!
        • Paul says “Chloe reports quarreling among you” well I am saying “Facebook reports quarrelling amongst you my brothers!”
          • I AM SO SICK AND TIRED OF SEEING PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE POSTS ON FACEBOOK ABOUT THE REFUGEE CRISSIS.
            • Look, I know it’s a political thing, y’all know what I believe about it. You know why I don’t post about it on facebook? Because I want to be united with my brothers and sisters in Christ!
            • And even so I STILL have managed to get into a couple of heated discussions about it. Discussions that led no where! Man that is not Godly!
      • Paul in his second letter to Timothy says this “Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.” 2 Timothy 2:23
        • That’s what these are, they are foolish, ignorant controversies, arguments, and quarrels!
          • Has anyone here actually changed a government policy on Facebook?
            • Has anyone actually changed the world by winning an argument?
        • Another prominent example is homosexual marriage.
          • Have you ever looked down on someone for believing different then you about same sex marriage?
            • I know I have!
            • I get into arguments about what is more Christian, to be for or against same sex marriage… arguments that lead to hurt feelings and anger.
            • Arguments that never lead to God being glorified, never lead to someone being saved, never lead to change, never lead to love, they only lead to hurt and quarrels.
      • Can we stop it, can we stop this nonsense church? I am not asking you to not have firm beliefs, I am not even asking you to not be passionate about your beliefs. I am simply asking that we can all be ok with someone else thinking differently.
    • We are divided because of offense
      • Anyone here ever been offended?
        • Heck I probably just offended some people with that last bit of sermon!
        • We get offended because people believe differently then us, because people fail us, because people are mean to us.
          • So people who used to be good friends we don’t talk to anymore.
          • We block them on Facebook.
          • We talk bad about them behind their backs.
        • Tell me church… how does that glorify God, when Christian brothers and sisters give each other the cold shoulder, how is God glorified through that?
          • We read this on Wednesday, a new commandment by Christ to love one another… this is what Jesus says:
          • “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
            • That’s how people will know we are Christians, by our love for one another, how on earth are we showing love by being so divided?

So what do we do about it?

  • So what do we do about it? The short and sweet answer is this “WE NEED TO HUMBLE OURSELVES!
    • Story about Pastor Matt and Refugees.
      • How he called me when I posted about refugees
      • How we argued
      • His stance verse my stance
      • Which stance is more Christian?
        • WE BOTH LOVE GOD AND WE ARE BOTH SEEKING THE SAME THING! WHY WOULD WE QUARL ABOUT THIS!
      • Matt definitely would post stuff and comment on stuff about this on Facebook, which would drive me CRAZY MAD!
      • Then Thursday afternoon he posted this:
      • His post:
      • Matt Krachunis

I came to the realization tonight that I’ve been betwixted by the deceiver. I’m sorry if you got caught up in the midst.

He’s a cunning dung eater, you rarely see how he’s been using you. He got me. I’m done with him. I’m coming against him in the name of Jesus.

I’m done arguing with my fellow Christians on an American policy decision that is completely out of my hands, and hasn’t even come to pass.

I am going to continue to do what I have done for the past 25 years. I am going to love people. Serve people. Tell people about Jesus. I’m going to listen the Holy Spirit and follow God’s word to the best of my ability as I’ve done.

Whatever happens isn’t going to change what I do or how I do it. I’ll be here on facebook quoting scripture. I’ll be loving on people that I meet. I’ll be preaching at 9 and 11 on Sundays. I’ll be eating donuts and posting pics of my kids.

Satan is loving watching Christians attack Christians and drawing battle lines based on a future that hasn’t even happened. Whoever you’re for or against or with or without you’re in my circle. I love you. For the love of God, lets give this refugee thing a break and get on our knees and pray.

  • You see what Matt did there, he humbled himself! He did not change his position, he did not admit that he was wrong and change sides… he simply humbled himself and apologized for being divisive… I love what he said “Whoever you’re for or against or with or without you’re in my circle. I love you.”
    • GUYS WE ARE ON THE SAME TEAM! WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME FAMILY!
      • And you know what, maybe you are 100% right, and your position is clearly backed by scripture and the other Christian you are arguing with is 100% wrong and their position is sinful… SO WHAT? Can someone be wrong and you still love them? Can you love someone who is wrong sometimes?
        • Guess what? I AM WRONG A LOT OF TIMES! Can you love me still?
    • I am not saying sin does not need to be rebuked, but what I am saying is judge the fruit of your conversation, if the fruit is division and hurt, then you are doing it wrong!
    • James 4:6 says this “But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
  • Not only do we need to humble ourselves but we need to stop being such babies, getting offended by every little thing!
    • Colossians 3:12-13 says “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”
      • Someone looked at you the wrong way and you want to cry about it?
        • MAN THAT IS WHAT EZRA DOES! We are not babies in Christ, have some patience, have some humility, and have some grace!
      • Maybe they didn’t just look at you the wrong way, maybe they slept with your wife. Then what?
        • THEN YOU FORGIVE THEM! Folks it’s not a suggestion, it is a commandment!
          • But pastor, I have the right to be angry at them!
            • NO YOU DON’T
            • You have the RIGHT to go to H-E-Double-Hockey Sticks! That’s where all of us have the right to go!
            • BUT CHRIST LOVED US SO MUCH THAT HE DIED TO GIVE US WHAT WE DID NOT DESERVE, HE GAVE US ETARNAL LIFE.
          • If someone sleeps with your wife do they deserve forgiveness?
            • Absolutely not! But we serve a God who loves us so much that he gives us forgiveness when we don’t deserve it, and He Call’s us to do the same!
        • Now I use adultery as an example because it is extreme and it is shocking, but this is true for ANYTHING. Any offense.
          • Someone owes you money?
            • So what? What is more important, the unity of the body of Christ and the Glory of God… or that 100 bucks that Joe owes you?
    • And if we are gossiping about other believers in Christ, if we are gossiping about anyone really, then we need to REPENT! That is all there is to it! We need to change, and stop that noise!
      • Titus 3:2 says this: “speak evil of no one, avoid quarreling, be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
        • SPEAK EVIL OF NO ONE!
          • Now, think about what you have posted on facebook… ever speak evil of someone, even in a passive aggressive way? That’s enough of that! Repent.
      • Here is a great example, President Obama claims to be a Christian. I know that many decisions he makes are not Christian at all, in fact I can judge by his fruit and the fruit of his administration that he probably is not what I would consider a Christian.
        • BUT THE WORLD DOESENT KNOW THAT! THE WORLD SEES THAT HE CALLS HIMSELF A CHRISTIAN SO THEY SEE HIM AS A CHRISTIAN.
          • That means that me, as a Christian, should not be speaking evil of him!
            • Is it possible that we as Christians can disagree with his policy without tearing him down as a person?
        • And if we can do that with our president can’t we do that with our friends and our fellow church members?
    • JOKE TIME

Mildred, the small town gossip and self-appointed monitor of church morals, was always one to stick nose into other people’s business.

Most members of the congregation did not approve of her intrusions, but she was feared, so all maintained their silence.

She took that fatal step too far one day, when she accused Frank, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup parked in front of the small town’s only bar all afternoon.

She emphatically told Frank (in front of several others) that EVERYONE SEEING THAT PICKUP THERE WOULD KNOW WHAT HE WAS DOING !

Frank, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment then just turned and walked away. He didn’t explain, defend, or deny. He said nothing. Later that evening, Frank quietly parked his pickup in front of Mildred’s house, walked home ….and left it there all night.

  • Real talk guy’s, if you brother in Christ sin’s against you, forgive him and move on with your life. You don’t need to call me or anyone else up and detail all their sins to me. And you certainly shouldn’t be doing it with others!
    • How about instead, if you see a church member at the strip club, you pray for them!
      • What if you called them up and humbled yourself, and prayed with them?
  • What if we were so united in Christ that when we see our brother or sister sinning, we don’t put it on them, instead we put it on us! We say “That is part of my family, my body, that is struggling, and I want to help them instead of tear them down.” Can you imagine what the church would look like?

Conclusion

  • Folks, this church should be bigger. Let me just tell you like it is. We should be bigger, we should not even fit in this room anymore…
    • But people have gotten offended and left, never to come back.
      • People have gotten offended by me.
      • People have gotten offended by Amanda.
      • People have even gotten offended by other members in this church, so they refuse to come back.
  • Lets repent together church, we can’t always stop people from being offended, but we can do our best to stop being so offensive, and we can set in our hearts that we are going to forgive when offense comes our way, amen?

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