Quarter’s Theme: ORDERLINESS IN THE CHURCH
Unit 1 – Maintaining Unity In The Church (Lessons 1-4)
LESSON 1 8/3/2015
A DIVIDED CHURCH
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 236, 243
Devotional Reading: PROV. 6:16-19
Topic For Adults
DON’T BE A DISSENTING PERSON IN THE CHURCH
Topic For Youths
MAKE NO “GOD” OF ANY MINISTER
Topic For Intermediates
DON’T CAUSE DIVISION
1 COR. 1:10-17; 3:1-9
Memory Verse: Now I say this, that each of you says “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos”, or “I am of Cephas” or “I am of Christ”. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptised in the name of Paul? (1 Cor. 1:12-13) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
God’s Perfect Plan For The Church
1 Cor. 1:10
The Scripture says the church is the house of the Living God. It is the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15). It is a place where the truth of God, truth about God’s kingdom and truth about godly relationships, first between members of the body of Christ, and second between believers and unbelievers, are clearly taught and upheld. In today’s passage, God’s plan for members of His church is to speak the same thing, meaning that they should hold the same “doctrines” or “fundamental beliefs”, and not necessarily expressing the same word order. Also, God doesn’t want division or disunity among His people and He wants them to be perfectly joined together so that unbelievers will not be able to come in between them. Anything less than this is short of God’s plan for His church.
Point of Emphasis: I beseech you brethren that you speak the same thing.
Prayer Point: Lord, help me to live in the centre of Your perfect plan for my life and in the church.