“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” 1 Corinthians 1:10
I am very excited to begin 1 Corinthians this Sunday because of the numerous similarities that exist between the city of Corinth and Southern California. Corinth was a city of wealth and culture, seated at the crossroads of the Roman empire, where all the commerce of the empire passed through. It was a very pretty city, a proud city and a philosophical city, but it was also a passionate city. Corinth was known throughout all of Asia as the city of immorality because the temple of the goddess Aphrodite was there which sent out male and female prostitutes into the city every night. As a matter of fact, Plato used the phrase “Corinthian girl” in his writings to describe a prostitute.
It was in this city the apostle Paul planted a church on his second missionary journey. Eighteen months after he left, he learned there were contentions in the church because they had allowed the sins of the city to enter the church. From the outside the church looked healthy, but on the inside there was no harmony. The reason there was no harmony was because they were not “perfectly joined together in the same mind and judgment.” What does that mind look like? In Philippians 2:5; 8 Paul taught, “Let this mind be in your which was also in Christ Jesus; He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” The only way harmony will enter the church is through humility.
As we journey through 1 Corinthians over the next several months we are going to learn how to put on the mind of Christ. Join us this Sunday as we open 1 Corinthians 1:1-17 for a message titled “Heavenly Harmony”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!