For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18
Paul would have preferred a Japanese church, I suspect, to the church at Corinth. The church at Corinth obviously had some people who didn't mind shouting, "I disagree! I disagree!" The church experienced some problems after Paul left. Cliques formed and feelings were hurt. Some thought of themselves as super Christians who had some special gift that made them better than others in the church. Paul wanted them to see the error of their ways and work together as the body of Christ. Thus, he sought to focus their attention once again on their primary mission to be the church in mission.
Loving God, help me not to lose my focus of being in mission to those who don't know you. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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