A unified church of love

Jan 31, 16 A unified church of love

Today we reflect on the role of the church.with reference to The Corinthians church, which  was not ideal.

Defiled

Inpure and profane; guilty of immorality 
Divided 

Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cep Has; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul (1 Corinthians 1:12 – 1:13 KJV)
Disgraced 

Instead of glorying God, it was hindering the profess of the Lord

  
The four purposes of the local church 

1) exaltation of Jesus Christ

2) evangelism of the lost

3) edification of believers 

4) expression of service  

    

Be watchful of the draw of many of today’s churches

The early church was marred by poverty, prisons, persecutions. 

Today the church is marred to prosperity, personality, popularity.

  

God is love. And love is the most important thing amidst faith, hope and love 

But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. (1 Corinthians 12:31 KJV)
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

(1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NKJV)

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked (1 Corinthians 13:4 – 13:5 NKJV) does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Corinthians 13:6 – 13:7 NKJV) 

   
   

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