This sermon was based on 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Divisions in the Church
10I 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. 11For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptised in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I baptised none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one may say that you were baptised in my name. 16(I did baptise also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptised anyone else.) 17For Christ did not send me to baptise but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
FACTIONS IN CORINTH
- The Corinthian church was divided as different people built their identities around who is their favourite Christian leader.
- Some followed Paul – the apostle who originally planted the Corinthian church.
- Some followed Apollos – a gifted preacher who ministered in Corinth after Paul.
- Some followed Cephas – the leader of the apostles in Jerusalem and one of Jesus’ closest friends during his earthly ministry.
- Some followed ‘Christ’ – they say there is no need for the ministry of these leaders and wanted to just operate on their own direct revelation of Jesus.
EVERYTHING IS ABOUT JESUS
- Paul, Apollos and the others were not after followings for themselves – they were pointing people to Jesus.
- Only Jesus is worthy of being worshipped – other Christian leaders (and angels) refuse it but Jesus accepts it.
- Only Jesus can be the perfect sacrifice for sin. The weight of sin is so big it needed a perfectly righteous God-man to pay the price.
- Jesus is the only name by which we can be saved.