When the British and French were fighting in Canada in the 1750s, Admiral Phipps, commander of the British fleet, was told to anchor outside Quebec. As the admiral waited, he became bored so he commanded his men to shoot at the statues of some saints at a nearby cathedral with the ships’ cannons. But when the British land forces arrived and the signal was given to attack, the admiral was of no help. He had used up all his ammunition shooting at the “saints.”
Shooting saints is a common occurrence in church. If you have not been the victim of church gossip or open conflict, consider yourself fortunate. Conflict happens everywhere, but for some reason we think it shouldn’t happen at church – because it shouldn’t.
The first problem of the church in Corinth Paul talks about is the problem was conflict. In 1 Corinthians 1-3 Paul presents three solutions to conflict.
This Sunday I talk about the first solution – The Cross. The cross has the power to unite church members. It also has the potential to unite families, races, communities, countries, and the world. Jesus and His cross are the greatest means to unite our world.
This Sunday my message is called: The Cross Unites. From 1 Corinthians 1:10-31 I will share with you some principles about conflict, unity, and the cross. I know of no more powerful topic than the cross of Christ.
Join us this Sunday, @ 10:30 a.m.