Wednesday 9 December, 2020

1 Corinthians 1:10-17

10 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. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 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.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17 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.

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, Rob and Beth 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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