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Series: Messy Church
Sermon: Messy Groups
> 1 Corinthians 11-13
Today’s Big Idea
The way through our differences is to recognize what the Spirit does in each.
In the early Church Christians met in homes mostly out of necessity due to persecution. But small enough so you couldn’t live anonymously among fellow Christians. Regardless of the size of a group, they do get messy at times. In our text this morning we’ll examine two messes of a messy group: 1) neglecting the needs of one another; and 2) neglecting the value of one another.
Neglecting the Needs of One Another
> 1 Corinthians 11:17 – 22
The problem: During communion there was division, drunkenness, and people were left hungry and humiliated. Their actions didn’t portray a love for one another, rather showed that they despised the church.
To get this mess corrected, turn to 1 Corinthians 11:17 – 22.
The way through this mess is to learn to examine ourselves in relationship to others.
Neglecting the Value of One Another
> 1 Corinthians 12:12 – 26
The problem: Pride was creating divisions, neglecting the value of each other. Class distinction should have been left at the door, but it wasn’t – causing division. Each of the brothers and sisters in Christ through baptism had the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Division came when the spiritual gifts and abilities of others were viewed as inferior and less honorable, and they began falling into cliques.
Diversity in the body is absolutely necessary; see 1 Corinthians 12:17-20.
Paul shows sensitivity to those who were made to feel that they had received no special spiritual gift. He encourages the “‘unglorious members’ that they are not any less part of the body than the glorious.”
~ Margaret Mitchell
The way through this mess is to recognize each person deserves the same care.
God bestows each person with honor - we need to recognize this - and value each other as God does. We're differently gifted, but equally valued and mutually cared for.
What led to a lot of the messiness of the Corinthian church was their own making which was a lack of love. See 1 Corinthians 13:1 – 3. Paul continues to teach us love is present and active and never-ceasing.
The remedy for this group of Corinthians was to put love into action!
Read Ahead for Next Week
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