Make the Most of Your Church Experience

Want to make the most of your church experience?

Here are a few tips from Paul who wrote a letter to the church in Corinth that also speaks to us today:

“I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions in the church.”

“Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”

1 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT/NKJV)

Paul is not passive about this. He claims the authority of Christ to undergird his appeal to the Corinthians. The same depth of conviction and authority applies to us today.

There are a couple of golden nuggets to draw from his letter that helps us to make the most of our church experience:

1. “Speak the same thing”

Paul didn’t mean that the church had to rehearse a list of scripted mantra’s like some brainwashed cult, but rather that the words we speak (both privately and publicly) would reflect a community in agreement and not in argument.

The Greek word for ‘speak’ (légō) in this context communicates the idea of ‘rest’ and ‘peace’, and in particular laying (an argument) down to rest’, and ‘moving towards a conclusion’.

If you want peace in your church (and in your life), then there may be some things you need to ‘put to rest’ once and for all.

2. “Be of one mind”

There is only one agenda we need to align with in the church and that is the agenda of God: To save souls and make disciples. However although there is only one mission, there are endless methods. So the challenge is not only to be of one mind about the mission, but also to align yourself with the method adopted in your local church.

It won’t be a perfect method, but the key to success is not in perfection but in unity. This is where God ‘commands the blessing’.

In this context, the word for the mind (noús) is the organ of receiving God’s thoughts, through faith. As we share ‘one mind’ we position ourselves to align with God’s will and intent for the church, so that by faith we will see His power at work in and through us.

3. “United in Purpose”

There is nothing more powerful that a people who are united in heart and purpose! If you want unity and fruitfulness in your church, lay aside your personal pet programs, personal ego, particular agendas, preferences and grievances and align your gift, your talent, your finance and heart with the purposes of the church.

The Greek word for ‘purpose’ (Greek root word: gnṓmē) in this context communicates the idea of a shared resolve, intention, will and purpose.

Let us resolve to make the most of our church experience and be united in purpose, be of one mind and speak the same language: “after this, nothing will be impossible”! (Gen 11:6).

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