Rules of Engagement
May 22, 2022 – In Conflict with Others
Our unity with Christ should translate into a unity between our fellow Christians. Followers of Christ, however, are not immune to conflict and division. People are divided over religion, politics, social issues… the list goes on. The appeal of the Scriptures, however, is that there be no divisions among us, not only for our benefit, but for the benefit of the mission of the church in reaching people with the promises of the cross.
1 Corinthians 1:10-18 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.
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.