As we begin our series journeying through the book of 1 Corinthians; we see a church in a mess, a church with broken people, a church that needs direction, a church that needs a simple reminder that Jesus should always be their firm foundation.
Nearly 2,000 years later, it's hard to relate to such a church isn't it? There's no way we could live such messy lives! We would never become divided about our leaders, argue with each other, abuse the gift of sex, have problems in our marriages... so why is such a book relevant to us today?
Well, if that's the lie that we're living then we're really not being that real are we? The perfection myth that we can all fall into the trap of, is that everything is ok in my life, those struggles aren't for me. And yet, if we're all honest, we all have known and do know, the reality of those struggles and numerous more that aren't listed above.
Our self-righteousness and pride can often get in the way of the change, growth and healing that God wants to bring in our lives.
In Paul's opening remarks to the church at Corinth (1 Cor. 1:1-9), we see how much he loves them, which is exactly why he writes a letter which at times will have felt like a telling off. He reminds them of their first love in Jesus, and how in Him they will lack nothing. And he reminds them that Jesus is our only foundation that will keep us until the end, and who is constantly faithful.
The church at Corinth is in many ways a mirror image of our church in Widnes. It is made up of broken people, in need of a Saviour. That Saviour is Jesus, He is the perfect one, we are not.
As we journey through our Foundations series and look at the church in Corinth and the advice that Paul gives them, there will be times that we feel uncomfortable, there will be painful times – but we will go through those moments on our journey of being loved back to life in our firm foundation, Jesus.
"The twenty-first-century church will be messy if it's to be effective." (John Burke)
Things to consider...
- Begin to read through the book of 1 Corinthians, as you read through it and hear stories of the people in that church, watch out for the perfection myth in your life. How do their lives reflect your life at times?
- How do you feel when people speak the 'truth in love' to you?
- How good are you at receiving those 'telling offs' like Paul brings the church in Corinth? Remember the filter is: are they for your growth, healing and to help you change?