I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, ‘I follow Paul’; another, ‘I follow Apollos’; another, ‘I follow Cephas’; still another, ‘I follow Christ’.

Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel - not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

- 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

We cannot do life, especially the 'christian life' with each other--without community. It just doesn't work. It's not fun, you can't grow and it's just not meant to live alone. From the very beginning, God created man, realized he shouldn't be alone and created woman so that Adam wouldn't be alone. All along God knew we would need other people.

Now just because we need each other doesn't mean being around people is always going to be easy or that you're going to get along with every single person you ever meet...that's just not realistic and if it is for you....i wanna meet you because you're awesome.

In these verses, Paul calling out all the divisions that appear in the Church of Corinth. Everyone has started to elevate themselves and divide themselves in to who they say they are following--this led to arguing among them.

What Paul is really trying to get at here is that it is simply about the church. He wants the Christians at Corinth to understand the importance of the church.

In simple terms, it is like Christ’s body in the world. The church cannot act as Christ’s body if it is in pieces. A body in pieces is not alive.

If we aren't acting as one, with one focus and goal (to share and spread the Gospel) we're basically useless. This is our one unified calling as followers of Christ--to spread the GREAT news of what the Gospel is: Jesus, the perfect and sinless Son of God, died on a cross, for us who are full of sin because He loved us that much.

We have to agree on that truth and go from there and work together for the mission of God.

It's not about what church we go to, who our favorite pastor is, or how many times we go to bible studies throughout the week. What is important is that we are working together for our Kingdom purpose--sharing the Gospel.

God, would you help remind me what I'm called to do. Teach me how to do it well and to glorify You. Help me to work well with others and to learn and grow from all those around me. Thank You for the community You have placed me in. Everything You are doing is strategic and has purpose. Thank You for giving me life and purpose. In Jesus' name, Amen.

- Alex Raines