Who’s Better than Who?


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Dr. Suess Goes to Church                              1 Corinthians 3:1-9

  Who’s Better than Who?

Who's Better than Who

Wisdom applied to divisions in the church

1) And I, brethren, could not speak to you as spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. 2) I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, 3) for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? 4) For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men? 5) What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. 6) I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. 7) So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. 8) Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9) For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

 
People in the Corinthian church were arguing about who was better than who.  Some said, “I am a Paul Christian” while others argued they were better because they were and “Apollos Christian.”  This was causing divisiveness in the church.  Somehow they forgot they were all Christians.  We might, at rare times, be guilty of the same behavior, “I go to Modern Worship”, “I go to Traditional Worship,” “I am a Conservative,” “I am a Liberal.”
 
Do other see us as God’s co-workers, God’s field, God’s building – or do others see us as the biggest fools “who seem to have nothing better to do than sit here and argue who’s better than who!”
 
Reflect on:
1)  Have you ever experienced a clique in the church?
2) How can you intentionally be actively engaged in helping people feel accepted for who they are?
3) How do we walk by the Spirit, yet live in a world of ratings and rankings?
 

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