Focal passage: 1 Corinthians 1:10-25
When you think about someone joining a country club, there are several things that could entice them to membership. Many join for the golf course. Others, though, might join because they like the clubhouse and look forward to the lunches, dinners or parties they will enjoy. For others it might be the teaching professional or the swimming pool.
Because these members have come together for very different reasons, it is easy for them to experience discord. The swimming pool crowd thinks money should be spent on the pool. The golf crowd wants to spend money to replace the grass on the greens. After all, if the golf course wasn’t there, there would be no country club.
It is easy, then, when the discord builds for some to leave and go find another country club to join – one with a better pool, or golf course or clubhouse, or whatever fits their desires.
This kind of discord is expected in a country club, but it is grievous when demonstrated in a church.
For the church in Corinth, the division came not because of the swimming pool or the clubhouse, but because of various personalities there to whom different members gravitated.
Paul writes clear and challenging words to correct this church, telling the members that they are there neither because of those men nor for them.
The reason they are part of the church is because they all have one, unifying thing in common: they have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.
In these verses, and the three chapters that follow, Paul repeatedly reminds them they have been made one in Christ, unified by the Spirit of God. They are acting like “fleshly” people and spiritual babies (3:1), rather than “Spirit-filled” people.
These believers were “God’s building” (3:9), built on the foundation of salvation through Jesus Christ.
God’s desire was for them to walk in unity in Christ.
God’s desire for us, His people today, is that we do the same.