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1 Corinthians 1:3-17, Christ Does Not Divide

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What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” Has Christ been divided?
— 1 Corinthians 1:12-13a

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, January 22, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Even from the birth of the church, there were different flavors of Christianity. Now we call them denominations. Back then, people called themselves followers of those who brought the word to them. Some said they belonged to Paul; others to Apollos (another preacher who followed John the Baptist); still others to Cephas (Peter).

But Paul didn’t want Christ’s followers to assign themselves to people. He wanted all Christians to follow only Christ. The early church was too small and too frail to survive such divisions. They needed unity to survive.

Today, we still need unity. Christianity has become so large, it makes sense people will assign themselves to a particular denomination that preaches what they want to hear. But some of God’s best work is done when people reach across denominational — and yes, even religious — lines to serve humanity. I truly believe God doesn’t care what we call ourselves if we are working to make this world better.

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