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Back to the Basics

I like to overcomplicate things. I don’t know why, but it has always been a struggle of mine.  I am able to make small issues much larger than they are, and when I do this I lose sight of what is truly important. Our culture thrives on this type of controversy.  

The same dynamic existed in the early church. When Paul writes to them in 1 Corinthians, the early church in Corinth was struggling against the differences of opinion that can divide a young church. While his letter goes on to specifically address certain issues, Paul begins with the basics by asking in verse 13: Is Christ divided?

Members are arguing over issues for which Paul provides a simple solution: Jesus.  Today this problem still persists. Opinion has divided many churches.  As a result, we must be on guard and keep the first thing first.  We are united in Jesus.  We follow Him above all else.  Whatever disagreements we may have with other believers can be overcome if we are willing to accept Jesus Christ as our foundation in faith.

When we focus on issues that threaten to divide us rather than unite us, we would do well to remember Paul’s plea: “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.”


  • Is Jesus the foundation on which I base my decisions?
  • What issues am I trying to hold on to rather than giving my will over to Christ?

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