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Fellowship in the Cross

I may sound like a broken record here, but I don't care. If you claim to follow Christ, ask yourself if you break fellowship with other followers of Jesus, and if so, why? Don't get me wrong, there are legitimate reasons for breaking fellowship (see here, here, here, and here to name a few). However, I think that John Wesley, John Calvin, and Arminius (and others) all got things right, and wrong, and I do not think that any of them would encourage the divisions seen within the church today. The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place where some have secret knowledge others don't have, nor it is a place of sects and divisions. It is a BODY, made up of many parts, and its members come from every tribe, tongue and nation with Christ at its head. What binds all together is Christ, and how we love Him and one another with Christ-like love. The church (I'm not talking of specific denominations, Arminans, vs. Calvanists, or whatever else you may think of) is in a unity crisis. If your theology divides the church over non-essential issues, you need to get a new theology. Christ said "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Never once did He say "They will know by how well you can defend issues that I settled at the cross." If your theology causes you to go after and debate others, perhaps you really don't know Jesus, who only challenged people based on the oppression of worship they slung around the necks of worshipers. His followers debated people on false doctrine. Otherwise they set aside minute issues to "Have all things in common." Shouldn't we? IT's time for us to stand under Christ upon His Holy Word. If we stand on His word, then we'll do what He says. In the same conversation where He said "If you love me, you will keep my commandments," He also said "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. They will know you are my disciples by how you love one another." It's time we start obeying Him and loving one another with Christ-like affection. If your theology causes division, it's time to rethink it.

1 Corinthians 1 English Standard Version (ESV)


Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,

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:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Divisions in the Church

10 I appeal to you, brothers,[a] 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.

Christ the Wisdom and Power of God

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach[b] to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards,[c] not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being[d] might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him[e] you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”


a. 1 Corinthians 1:10 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verses 11, 26

b. 1 Corinthians 1:21 Or the folly of preaching

c. 1 Corinthians 1:26 Greek according to the flesh

d. 1 Corinthians 1:29 Greek no flesh

e. 1 Corinthians 1:30 Greek And from him

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