May 2016 Issue
We all dream about perfect unity in the church. But we often see divisions. Congregations can’t agree on big issues such as the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the end times, the roles in the church, or the Lord’s Supper. They also disagree about small issues such as the style of music in worship and the dress code during the service.
As we study the book of 1 Corinthians this month, we’ll learn that Paul is writing to a divided church in Corinth. The rifts that tore apart the church in the first century are not much different from the problems we experience today. Paul is teaching the church how to overcome disagreements and personality differences in order to become the body of Christ, “perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Cor. 1:10, kjv).
We’ll also see that this letter was written to unify us. We hope the study of this book will encourage you and show you that in Christ, unity of the church is not just a dream. We are thankful for each one of you, readers and faithful supporters of Today in the Word! We pray the Lord shows you how important you are for the beautiful building of God—the church of Christ.
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