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Reflecting God’s Glory
Read Psalms 147:1 through 150:6;
1 Corinthians 3:1–23
The church was divided. Some members liked Pastor Ron, who emphasized evangelism. Others liked Jeremy, an assistant pastor who taught about maturing in Christ.
To end the matter, the pastors preached a sermon together. They stressed the need for church unity and pointed out that God gives different people, even pastors, different gifts and abilities. When they finished, their listeners may have felt like the Corinthians to whom Paul penned these words:
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task . . . We are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building (1 Corinthians 3:5,9).
Congregational divisions may take many forms, but all originate in worldly thinking. God’s Spirit is the One who should be in charge. He alone is capable of putting God’s people together into a single body. And it is God who saves people and brings about personal and congregational growth.
Prayer Suggestion: God, please bring unity to Your people.
Quicklook: 1 Corinthians 3:4–16
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Connecting through Prayer
A consistent prayer life is fundamental to establishing strong connections with God, others, and God's plan for our lives. Drawn from the booklet "Connecting through Prayer," this article is sure to enrich your prayer life.