This week I’m beginning a sermon series entitled, “The Church at Its Best.” I believe that God works in and through the community called “the Church” to bless the world. Amid a global pandemic, racial inequality, social unrest, economic disruption, and a looming political season, what does the Church look like when we are living at our best, our very best?
I’m reflecting on that question using Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth. Those familiar with 1 Corinthians may question my choice of scripture. After all, the church in Corinth was anything but “the Church at its best.” In fact, it was a hot mess! The congregation was divided over preachers (1 Corinthians 1:12). One person was sleeping with his stepmother (1 Corinthians 5:1). Several people were getting drunk at Holy Communion (1 Corinthians 11:21). Doesn’t that sound like a fun congregation!!
Yet in the second longest letter in the New Testament, written to a congregation in turmoil, Paul casts a vision for what the church looks like when it’s living at its best, its very best.
This Sunday we’ll focus on what Paul claims unites the church.
What is it that unites us? I’ll give you a hint: it hangs at the very front of our sanctuary at Oak Hill.