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Epiphany: Uniting In Leadership

Epiphany: Uniting In Leadership Sermon Audio Here

1 Corinthians 1:10-18

The Corinthian church faced a challenge: they wanted to define themselves by what leader they were willing to follow. But what if everyone didn’t pick the same leader…

What Shows The World That We Are ONE In Christ?

We Speak the Same Truth ~ 1 Cor.1:10-12

  • v10 “all agree”=all speak the same;
  • “may be perfectly united”=tricky combo verb: it means you SHOULD BE prepared TOGETHER
  • v11/12 the quarrels undermine that goal; seeking leadership outside of Christ is NOT going to send the Gospel message to the watching world

We Show the Same Proof ~ 1 Cor.1:13-18

  • v13/16 Paul deemphasizes baptism: it’s a rite of obedience, not an act of spiritual registration
  • v17 the Gospel isn’t about the perfect words to say; it’s the power of the Cross to change a life: THAT is Good News!
  • v18 Message of the Cross is DEATH TO SELF – of course that’s foolish to those who are dying– why would they want to speed up the process? But to those of us who have accepted Christ’s work in place of our own, our debts have been all canceled out – we have been set free by God’s power!

Isaiah 9:2 ~ “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

We, who have seen the light of the Cross, must demonstrate what difference Christ has made in us. THAT is the unity that the dark world needs so desperately to see.

Pastor Ed Backell

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