As the nation once again is in the wake of more tragic violence, it’s important to take a moment and consider how we as Christians should respond to that violence. When we think about what Jesus taught concerning violence, it is clear that we should respond with love and prayer.
The mission of the church is to carry the gospel to the world. As we think about fulfilling the great commission, we consider some lessons we can learn from our savior about reaching out to others.
Among the many problems that existed in the church in Corinth, they were also taking one another to court over trivial, worldly matters. Paul’s argument is that Christians should settle matters such as this among themselves, because Christians are best qualified to judge in such cases.
The Lord’s church is the church for which Christ died. He shed his blood to purchase the church. Unfortunately, when man gets involved, he sometimes departs from the way that God has laid out for his church. It behooves the child of God, therefore, to ensure that he is in the church that Christ purchased with his blood.
As Paul continues to correct the spirit of division in Corinth, he further illustrates the folly of human ideas of wisdom and of putting one’s trust in men rather than Christ. He also writes to remind the church of the role that teachers play in the growth of the church.
In order to stand, a building must have a proper foundation. The church, God’s building (1 Cor. 3) is founded upon the solid rock of Jesus Christ. As members of that body, we are working on the building through teaching, faith, and obedience.
Many in the world consider the gospel to be foolish, and that has been true since the first century, according the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians. Fortunately for those who put their faith in the gospel, the wisdom of the world fails, and the wisdom of the Spirit, the true wisdom that comes from God and is seen in his plans, will stand forever.