The Church Divided

Believers come together because of the gospel.

In this lesson, we saw how over time, the church of Corinth lost sight of their mission as Christians and became divided into different groups.  Each group had grown accustomed to following the leadership of a particular person.  Some said, “I follow Paul!”  Others said, “I follow Apollos!”  Then another group would say, “I follow Cephas!”  Paul reminded the church that each of us has been given different gifts to serve one another, not to determine who is the best leader.  “[Paul] planted, Apollos watered but God gave the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:6).  Is Christ not the head of our church?  Paul was reminding the church that we are ONE BODY in Christ.  If Christ is not divided and He is our head, how can we as the body (His church) become divided?  As followers of Christ, we are to work toward the same goal, to carry out our one mission: “to make followers of Jesus from every nation by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

The FaithKids Seniors talked about UNITY vs. UNIFORMITY.  We learned that uniformity is when two things share the same attributes.  We can be uniform in some ways, but not in others.  Unity, however, does not mean sameness.  As God’s people, we can be united together as one body, but possess different skills, personalities, and hobbies.  When we play on a soccer team, we have many different players who are assigned different positions, all working toward one goal.  If we only had defenders, but no forwards, we would never be able to score any goals.  If we only had forwards, but no goalie, we might get outscored by the opposing team.  The only way to achieve our goal in winning the game, we must have all the players working together in different roles for the same purpose…otherwise, we lose.  When it comes to unity in the church, there is only ONE thing that unites us–that is, the gospel of Jesus.  It is important to be united as a church because we exist to glorify God and to share His Good News with the world.  The FaithKids Juniors highlighted different parts of the world on a map with their unique characteristics and languages.  Our key passage this month comes from Matthew 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”  Every person in this world needs to hear that Jesus came to die for sinners and save us from our sin.  Paul wanted His friends in Corinth to remember this truth.

To end this unit, our FaithKids Seniors summarized some points of what they have learned about our mission as Christians and what it means to be a disciple of Christ.

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