1 Corinthians 11:19 – Factions

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for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. (1 Corinthians 11:19 ESV)

The church in Corinth was dealing with a lot of problems: sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 5), idolatry (1 Corinthians 10), and taking the Lord’s supper in an unworthy manner (1 Corinthians 11). Paul explained that God actually allows these to occur in order to help us discern genuine believers from the frauds. When factions do arise, our actions represent who is really the Lord of our heart and help in revealing its motives. For example, those defending a sexually immoral lifestyle are ultimately working from the selfish motive of self-gratification, many times exalting their own lusts above God’s law.…Continue reading devotion

Acts 8:4 – Disciple Maker – Everyone

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Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. (Acts 8:4 ESV)

In the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he calls the first disciples and tells them they will be fishers of men (Matthew 4:18-19). At the end of his ministry here on the Earth, the last command he gives them is to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20). As we read these, we can imagine that these commands were only for the disciples, or those who have been called specifically by God to grow the church. You might not even know what a disciple is or how to become a disciple. You figure the guy at church who is in charge of evangelism does that stuff.…Continue reading devotion

1 Timothy 3:1 – The Hardship Of Spiritual Leadership

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The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. (1 Timothy 3:1 ESV)

1 Timothy 3:1 is a verse that is often glossed over. We tend to focus on the verses after it that describes the attributes of an overseer (we won’t argue about what an “overseer” is, we will just put them in a place of spiritual leadership). We over look it because we don’t really understand the context of Paul writing to Timothy here. 1 Timothy was probably written in mid 60 AD. This was when the persecution of the Church began intensifying and then escalated under the reign of Nero and the emperors after him.  By 70 AD, James, Paul, and Peter had been martyred. Think about this: three of the first spiritual leaders of the Church had been killed only 5 years after Paul told Timothy that it is noble to aspire to be a spiritual leader.…Continue reading devotion