A Party of One

Posted on July 11, 2012

The first letter sent to the Corinthians is very interesting because in it Paul addresses a number of issues going on in the church. It allows us a picture of a diverse group of people trying to come together as a family in the name of Christ.

In chapter three Paul addresses the fact that there have become divisions in the church. Members of the church are clinging to specific leaders:

4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?

5 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. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

Paul reminds us that we are working towards one goal under one God. There were times when Paul reminded his readers to follow his example but he was always careful to make sure the example pointed them to Christ not to himself. It’s important that we find good leaders and follow their example but we want to make sure that the leaders don’t become our focus, which would be a form of idolatry. Additionally as we read further through the chapter we see the bigger picture of ministry:

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

Paul reminds us that many have gone before us and laid a foundation as well. We shouldn’t become prideful of our ministry accomplishments and feel that we have achieved these things on our own.Throughout the history of Pequea many have given sacrificially to help the ministry grow. Equally, in our generation, we should make sure we are working in unity to lay a foundation for the next generation.

On a broader level, I was excited by the partnership created between Refton BIC and Pequea Bic this summer for the VBS program. Both churches pulled their resources together to put on a program for the children. There was no territorialism over the ministry, worrying about which kids would connect with which church. The teams worked together realizing that the important thing was that children knew Christ better by the end. In a similar event Pequea partnered with a number of churches to help make the Noah’s Ark event come alive for the community. Also a small group in the church is putting on a block party where they’ll invite their neighbors. The group is being intentional about getting other local Pastors to attend so that the community members can connect with a local church. This is a group that sees the big picture. I believe Pequea’s role in the community is important but I believe we can’t be an island unto ourselves. It will take a diverse group of churches to reach a diverse group of people. Let’s continue to pull together as a community within Pequea and as a larger body as well.

-Pastor Robert Brody

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