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We are all a product of the culture we grow up in to some extent. The Corinthians were also a product of their culture. Though they had been called by God and put their faith in Christ, yet they were still "enamored with the philosophical sophistry of their Greek culture."1 The word "sophistry" comes from the Greek word sophia, which means "wisdom." The culture in Corinth placed a high value on what 1 Corinthians 1:17 refers to as the "wisdom of words."
In 1971 Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, wrote a book titled Preachers and Preaching. In the first chapter he says the following: "The work of preaching is the highest and the greatest and the most glorious calling to which anyone can ever be called. I would say without hesitation that the most urgent need in the Christian Church today is true preaching; and as it is the greatest and the most urgent need in the Church, it is obviously the greatest need of the world also."
In Mark 3:25 Jesus said, "And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand." Similarly, in Matthew 12:25 Christ said, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand." The truth is, any organization or group -- especially the Church, must have a high degree of unity in order to be strong and to function well. That is probably why the apostle Paul addresses the problem of division in the church before he addresses the other seven major problems in the Corinthian church. Until some measure of unity can be achieved within the church, other problems cannot be solved.
How should the those in the church think about and use their gifts? The follower of Jesus is to imitate his example demonstrated on the cross and love in a costly way.
To raise kids both real and spiritual you need that village to do it.
Pastor Scott Gordon continues his series on 1 Corinthians, LOVE & TRUTH with Wise Folly.
Fr. Russell preaches on how the spiritual gifts given to us by God are not for the individual alone, but for equipping and edifying the entire body of Christ to do God's work.