The Fellowship Factor
Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 11:17-29
Now before we share in the Lord's Supper, join me for a few minutes in 1 Corinthians 11 as we think together about The Fellowship Factor.
Let's begin reading in verse 17 and read down to verse 22:
''17 Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse. 18 For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. 19 For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you. 20 Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord's Supper. 21 For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.''
Now in thinking about: The Fellowship Factor .. we read here that the church at Corinth had ..
(1) A Fellowship Dilemma.
Verse 18, ''For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.'' Verse 19, ''For there must also be factions among you …''
That was their dilemma: divisions (scissors: to cut, rip, tear in part) and factions (to pick sides)! If the Devil can divide the fellowship, he can distract the fellowship. If he can distract the fellowship, he can derail the fellowship. And how the Devil enjoys dividing the fellowship.
It takes a lot of grace and grit to keep the fellowship together. Everything we do around here hinges on our fellowship. That's why we read in 1 Corinthians 1.10, ''Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same m ...
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