I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’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]”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
I Corinthians 1:10-17
Division was only one of the problems present in the church at Corinth, but understanding this problem will help us understand all of the other problems present in that church. Understanding the problem of division in Corinth will also help us understand many of the problems the modern church faces.
I. THE _________________FOR DIVISION
A. ____________________ division – the root cause of
division is ____________.
B. ____________________ division
II. THE __________________ FOR DIVISION
In order to help his brothers and sisters become united again,
Paul points to three different places.
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except
Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2
So, if we want to keep division out of our church, let’s look to Jesus. When Christ is above all, divisions disappear.