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The Church Gone Wild || Week 1

June 30, 2019|

The Church Gone Wild  – Division in the Church

 

Getting a Grasp of the New Testament

 

27 Books –Written in the First Century

 

  5 Historical Books

  • 4 Gospels – Jesus
  • Acts – Church

 

13 Pauline Epistles

 Churches or Individuals

 

 9 General  Epistles 

 

  Various writers –Circular letters

 

An Epistle is a letter 

Epistles normally have two themes: Belief and Behavior

 

1 Corinthians – page 952

 

Corinth  
  • A port city
  • Economic center 
  • Temples –Greek and Roman
  • At the temples would be temple prostitutes
  • Las Vegas on Steroids
  • Paul visited there –missionary – 18 months –  50 AD -Acts 18:1-17
  • Paul leaves and receives reports -53-54 AD
  • Plagued with problems

 

Problems
  • Divisions         Chapters 1-4
  • Sex                   Chapters 5-7
  • Food                 Chapters 8-10
  • Worship            Chapters 11-14
  • Resurrection    Chapter 15

 

PAUL’S GREETING

 

1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, 2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1 Corinthians 1:1 

 

DIVISION IN THE CHURCH

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. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one may 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.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

 

1 Corinthians 1:10

 

1 But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human? 5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

 

 1 Corinthians 3:1-11

 

What is the root of Division?

 

  • Pride
  • Self Centered
  • Wrong Focus
  • Desire to have my  own way
  • Childishness

 

What keeps division out of the church?

 

  • Humility –on Christ… 
  • Living Christ – servant – 
  • Clear Purpose

 

 

 

 

Purpose of Fusion 

The purpose is to make disciples 
  • Matthew 28:18-20

   

The process is Matthew 4:19  

 

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 

 

  • Follow Jesus

  • Changed by Jesus

  • On Mission

 

Product (5 outcomes)

 

  • Love God –Salvation, Baptism, Growing with God thru His Word and Prayer

  • Live Connected

  • Give Generously

  • Share Jesus

  • Serve others