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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Unity Series, Ch. 10: One Mind, part 2

I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. 1 Corinthians 1:10 (NIV)

This is an appeal of Paul in the Name of the LORD Jesus. He is calling in the highest authority, and then makes it very clear what he is urgently requesting.

When we see texts like this and look at them long enough so that we cannot slide by them, we come to one of several conclusions:

• Let’s be real!
• Paul is overstating the requirements.
• “All” doesn’t mean “all.”
• Let’s make it a process.
• There have to be divisions among us to show which of us is right.

In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God's approval. 1 Corinthians 11:17-19 (NIV)

• We are in sin and need to repent.

(Taken from Day & Night: Unity Series, 2003)

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