Speaker: Pastor Ty Neal
Date: April 15, 2018
A perfect church is as elusive as finding a Yeti riding atop a Unicorn in flight toward Atlantis. Perhaps you've heard the saying when it comes to modern church, "No perfect people allowed," but that is not totally true. There is one perfect person who actually leads the church-His name is Jesus! And He gathers imperfect people together to be His people on His mission for His glory and their good! Yet, along the way, we have a hard time playing nice together, laying down our personal preferences, and giving up the sins that destroy us, our unity and our witness to the outside world. Welcome to The Imperfect Church! Join us as we follow the perfect one-Jesus-and discover how He loves the imperfect church as we walk through the book of First Corinthians.
Title: Church Rivalries
1 Corinthians 1:10: 10 I 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.
1 Corinthians 1:11: 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers.
1 Corinthians 1:12: 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, "I follow Paul," or "I follow Apollos," or "I follow Cephas," or "I follow Christ."
Acts 18:24-28: 24Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. 25He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 27And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, 28for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.
1 Corinthians 1:14-16: 14I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16(I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)
1 Corinthians 1:17:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Preferences > Jesus = Disunity
Jesus > Preferences = Unity
Big Idea: Jesus > Preferences = Unity
Quote: "Some Christian music makes the Christian life sound like a continual emotional high, which hops from one joyful cloud to another. Such music lies about the Christian life. We live in a cursed, fallen world. We battle with sin. We face discouragement, suffering, grief, and loss. Yes, in all those things we are more than conquerors, but the music we sing every Sunday should reflect the breadth of Christian experience rather than giving the false impression that Christians are always happy." - Matt Merker
1 Corinthians 1:13:13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
Is Christ divided?
John 17:20-23:20"I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
Revelation 7:9-10: 9After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"
Was _____________ crucified for you?
Were you baptized into _______________?
Quote: "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” Richard Baxter