I. Healing a Divided Church (1 Corinthians 1-4)


One of the saddest conditions for any church is division. When you see division you know that love is not being practiced by one or more groups in the church. Pride is their problem -- Paul calls it being "puffed up" by knowledge. Opinions are rife. Some leaders are preferred, while the weaknesses of others are magnified.

How can this be the Church of Christ, where Christ reigns in the hearts of all? A divided church is an oxymoron. Paul devotes considerable space to helping the Corinthian church resolve its internal conflicts. Later in the epistle, all of chapter 13 is devoted to describing love.

1 Corinthians: Discipleship Lessons from a Troubled Church, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
Available as a book in paperback, PDF, and Kindle formats.

As you study the first four chapters of 1 Corinthians, pray earnestly that you can be an agent of unity in your own congregation.

  1. Healing Church Divisions (1 Corinthians 1:1-17a)
  2. Human vs. Spiritual Wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:17b-2:16)
  3. Building a Healthy Church on Christ's Foundation (1 Corinthians 3)
  4. The Struggles and Joys of Christian Leaders (1 Corinthians 4)


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