18 Aug

160818Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. 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? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.  (1 Corinthians 1:10-17, NRSV)

How easy is it to agree?

How easy is it to agree to disagree?

And have you heard that before? We need to agree to disagree.

But Paul here tells the Corinthians who are splitting up into factions based upon who baptized them, not that they need to agree to disagree, but that there is no divisions among them, and that they are united in the same mind and same purpose.

You see it is not important who baptized whom, and Paul is not saying that baptism is not important, he is saying the mission we are on is to spread the gospel. To tell the good news of Jesus Christ to everyone. To be united in the mission we share, of one mind and one purpose and if we are fighting about who is right and who is wrong, how united are we, and how well will the message be heard?


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