Sunday 19 March, 2017

1 Corinthians 1:10-17

10 Brothers and sisters, I make my appeal to you. I do this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I ask that all of you agree with one another in what you say. I ask that you don’t take sides. I ask that you are in complete agreement in all that you think. 11 My brothers and sisters, I have been told you are arguing with one another. Some people from Chloe’s house have told me this. 12 Here is what I mean. One of you says, “I follow Paul.” Another says, “I follow Apollos.” Another says, “I follow Peter.” And still another says, “I follow Christ.” 13 Does Christ take sides? Did Paul die on the cross for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I didn’t baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius. 15 No one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 It’s true that I also baptized those who live in the house of Stephanas. Besides that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else. 17 Christ did not send me to baptize. He sent me to preach the good news. He commanded me not to preach with wisdom and fancy words. That would take all the power away from the cross of Christ.

Leadership in the church is important. Without leaders, the church can become aimless or misdirected. Even if individuals have the right heart and motives, leaders are needed to bring organisation and cohesion to the plans of the church.

However, I am reminded here, that leaders are to do exactly that, serve the church. They use their gift of leadership in service. Leaders in the church are not seeking more followers. Leaders in the church are seeking more Christ followers. Therefore, as a follower I must be clear in my own heart and mind that I belong to Christ, my leaders are gifts from Christ to help guide me to work well within the body of the Church. A leader is just a fellow servant of Christ.

Lord, you have made us all your servants. In your church, there are many gifts. We thank you for those you have gifted as leaders. Please refresh them and strengthen them in their roles, particularly Richard and Sue and all our Pastoral team. Ultimately may we all be following you with passion and commitment. Amen!

Written by Andrew Mellor

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