1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, 5 that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, 7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Paul starts this letter with encouraging the Corinthian church
The Book of 1 Corinthians is broken up into 5 problems and a final greeting
Paul identifies the problem and then bring Jesus and the Gospel into the
Perfectly Joined together = Mending
Both internally in the same mind and externally in the same judgement among ourselves we are to be one:
One in our beliefs
One in our standards
One in our attitudes
One in the way we live out our faith
One in doctrinal unity. We should all open the bible that we need all of it.
Unity with diversity. Our unity is in our diversity
9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you.
Necessary facts without rumors = facts exposed to the right people that will handle it the right way in love
Being divided in their hearts which is the inward separation that lead to the outward alienation of one another
Pride driven popularity contest
1 Corinthians 3:17
17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.