“February 12, 2019”

On November 18, layperson Mike Trujillo preaches on 1 Corinthians 1:10.

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.

Paul is in Ephesus and writing to one of his planted churches, this one in Corinth. Things are not going well. Bickering and division are happening in the church. He is writing to get the church back on track.

Forty years ago a church was planted in Oak Hill. Several weeks ago I gave a short history lesson about the roots of Oak Hill UMC and discussed the five core “pillars” of our church. This week we take a look at each of the pillars and imagine Paul is writing to us. Where are we getting it right, and where do we need to make a few improvements?

Paul does this a lot. It turns out that even his churches struggled and had to deal with conflict. Ours is no different.

Paul concludes his scathing letter with words of encouragement (from 1 Corinthians 16:13-14): Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.