Messy church

I Corinthians 1:1-9

The church in Corinth had a great deal going for it: it was large, multicultural, gifted and vibrant. It had impeccable credentials, for in its early days both Paul and Apollos had ministered there (Acts 18). Yet from what we read in the New Testament, it seems to have caused Paul more trouble than all his other churches put together. It was divided, arrogant, corrupt, worldly and disorderly. Its members were weak in faith, and showed little love.

Many of us would be tempted to disown such a church. But Paul never gave up on them, despite all their problems. At least these were the problems of life, not the problems of death! We are feeble and fallible, but our God is utterly reliable; once we have been brought into His family, He will never reject us. And He neither gives nor demands instant moral and spiritual perfection. The Christian Church has never been free from problems; Corinth, sadly, represents the rule rather than the exception. But by the time the Day of Judgement arrives, all God’s people will be made worthy of Him. “He will keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 1:8)

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