“What’s App Church?”

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This meditation is based on 1 Corinthians 1:10-18

Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. 11For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. 12What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” 13Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16(I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.

  18For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

In any congregation there are bound to be factions; groups who identify with each other by virtue of shared ideals or traditions or goals.  That’s OK.  It makes the congregation interesting and diverse.  But the group think that brings people together can never be so strong that it binds them from cooperation and indeed, sacrifice for the common good.

“What does an app do?”  Just push its icon.  Same holds true for the church.  “What does the church do?”  Just push its icon, the cross of Jesus Christ, and it will show you.

This meditation comes in two parts.  Please follow the links below for the videos.

Author: universalsalvationhopeorheresy

Resident pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ingleside, Illinois.

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