Pastor Wayne Derber
Phone: 815-570-2088 (home) 815-508-3435 (cell)
“I belong to Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 1:12
I Belong to Christ
It seems that people in our country are becoming more divided. As Christians, it is good and right for us to promote the teachings of our Lord and work for justice and for peace. But as we do so, we need to remember that our fellow Christians with whom we may disagree are still our brothers and sisters in Christ.
In one of our Bible readings in church on the last Sunday in January, we heard how the Apostle Paul dealt with the dissension in the church in Corinth. He wrote to these Corinthians: “Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, ‘I belong to Paul’ or ‘I belong to Apollos,’ or ‘I belong to Cephas,’ or ‘I belong to Christ.’ Has Christ been divided?” (1 Corinthians 1:10-13).
There are many groups to which we could belong and there are many leaders that we could follow. But, most of all, we belong to the body of Christ, the church. In this time of much dissension and division, let us be clear to whom each of us belongs. I belong to Christ!
In Christ, Pastor Wayne