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01/30/2012

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The Problem


"My brothers from Cloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, 'I follow Paul'; another, 'I follow Apollos'; another, 'I follow Cephas (Peter)'; still another, 'I follow Christ'" (1 Cor.1:11-12).

The church at Corinth had some problems, and the apostle Paul addresses them early in his first letter. It seems that some of the members were at odds over the men that they showed preference toward. Paul had started the church and some were loyal to him. Apollos, who carried on the ministry after Paul left, also had a following. Peter had probably not even been there but had a great reputation. After all, he had preached the first gospel sermon in Jerusalem some years before. Unity was being sacrificed at the alter of personal preferences about people. The pattern had been somehow lost. Any time that an attitude of personal desire or preference enters a group, red flags ought to go up. The group dynamic of church unity can be fractured if the personalities, reputations, or teachings of men are preferred over those of Christ. Jesus is the unrivaled head of the church. Any time the mores of men are chosen over those of Christ, there will be a problem. Each group mentioned in today's verse thought they were the best because of what man they preferred. A kind of superior exclusivism had taken place. If you read verses 13 to 17, you'll get a head start on tomorrow's devotional....The Rx....

Have a great beginning to your week...Start it with a RAK.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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