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A House Divided (2 of 30)
Series: The Book of 1 Corinthians
I Corinthians 1:10-17
June 7, 2004
1. This evening we will pick up our study with (vv. 11-
17). I have entitled the lesson "A House Divided." This is what the Church was at Corinth--it was a house divided against itself. And, what did Jesus say? "A house divided against itself cannot stand" (Matthew 12:25).
2. Let's be reminded, "God is not the author of confusion,"
Satan is. Contention and strife come from the carnal side of a person...it is a manifestation of the flesh: Paul speaks to that in the book of Galatians: "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife," (Galatians 5:19-21).
ILLUS: The Bible says in Proverbs 26:21, "As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife."
In the spring of 1894, the Baltimore Orioles came to Boston to play what was expected to be a routine baseball game. But what happened was anything but routine. The Orioles' John McGraw got into a fight with Boston's third baseman. Within minutes all the players from both teams had joined in the brawl.
Soon the conflict spread to the grandstands and quickly went from bad to worse. Someone set fire to the stands and the entire ballpark burned to the ground. The fire then spread to 107 other Boston buildings.
2. Unfortunately, this sort of thing is not unique to the
ball field, but sometimes happens in what one would expect to be the least likely of places, the local the church. How many churches have been destroyed because certain people could not get along? God's desire for us, as believers, is that we be untied as one in Christ...notice again, (vs.10).
3. Let me give you a couple of good verses:
a. Psalm 133:1, "Behold, how good and how pleasant
it is for brethren to dwell together ...
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