“Cliques at Corinth”

1 Corinthians 1:10-17

  1. Agreement on the big issues is both possible and necessary. 
  1. Disunity in a church grieves the Holy Spirit.  
  1. Unity is achieved in harmony, not unison.  
  1. Follow Leadership:  Avoid Factionalism. 
  1. When we pick and choose leaders, we follow no one.  
  1. Healthy churches follow leaders.  
  1. Practice Sacrament.  
  1. Baptism is following Jesus, not a church or leader. 
  1. The Lord’s Supper is a regular reminder of our solidarity in Christ.  

Questions for small group discussion:  

  1. What was your baptism experience like?    
  1. Why do you think the Corinthians divided into factions centered on Paul, Cephas, Apollos, or Christ? 
  1. Why is disagreement so painful when it happens at church? 
  1. According to this scripture, what do we need to do in order to maintain the unity of the church?  
  1. When have you enjoyed working together with other believers in the church?  Why is this so satisfying?  
  1. How might the cross be “emptied of its power”?