In today’s text the Apostle Paul confronts a serious problem of disunity in the early church.
“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. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.”
1 Corinthians 1:10-12
We are inclined to think that denominations are a modern invention. But truth be known, right from the beginning of Christianity there were prejudices and divisions in the church of God.
Unfortunately, today there are hundreds if not thousands of divisions in the church rather than just the few mentioned above.
Though division is ungodly, it is not wrong to make distinctions between churches and ministers. God has made different churches and different ministries with different callings and characters, because the job of preaching the gospel is too big for any one group. – Guzik
Paul gave us clear direction concerning how to be of one mind with other believers when he wrote to the church in Philippi. A careful examination of the following text will yield great advice.
“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and sympathetic? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.”
Philippians 2:1-4, NLT.