Subject: How can the Corinthians be of the same mind and thought?
Central Idea: The Corinthians can be of the same mind and thought by following Jesus Christ because he has sanctified, sustained, given grace and fellowship with them.
Homiletical Idea: We are of the same mind and thought when we follow Jesus.
Other: Will the denominations ever cease? Did high literacy effect the rise in denominations?
Introduction: The dilemma of Christians being of same mind and thought when there are so many different church denominations.
A. The list of different church denominations.
B. The reading of I Corinthians 1.1-17.
C. The similarities of between the first century Christians and American Christians.
Transition: We also can have the same mind and thought by following Jesus Christ. Why should we follow Jesus Christ? I would like to give four reasons on why.
I. The first reason is because it is through Christ we all are sanctified and found blameless before God.
A. The parable of the man who was standing before eternal judgment.
B. We are sanctified and blameless before the Lord when we follow Jesus. We are of the same mind and thought when we follow Jesus.
Transition: The second reason to follow Jesus is because through Jesus we are given grace.
II. The second reason is because God has given us grace in the name of Jesus.
A. The illustration adapted from the "Ground Hog's Day" movie.
B. Through Jesus we are given mercy. It is mystery. It is something that is undeserved. Yet, we are of the same mind and thought when we follow Jesus.
Transition: The third reason to follow Jesus the blessing of fellowship with Jesus Christ.
III. The third reason is that each one of us can have fellowship with Jesus Christ.
A. Our ability to have fellowship with Jesus.
B. When we accept Christ we are given the ability to talk with Jesus. When we are willing to follow Jesus we are able to be of same mind and thought. We are able to talk with Jesus.
Transition: The fourth reason to follow Jesus is his ability to give us strength till the end of the age.
IV. The fourth reason is because he can sustain us till end of the age.
A. Christ is able to give us strength through the trials and tribulations in our lives. We are of the same mind and thought when we follow Jesus who is able to get us through the rough times in life.
B. The illustration from Philippians 4.13.
Conclusion: We are to follow Jesus. We can be of the same mind and thought when we follow Jesus.