Hello Friends, I just wanted to take some time to say hi...so, "Hi." I'm just kidding! I am super busy this week with 2 final projects due by tomorrow at midnight. In addition, I am in the middle of creating 2 new series, one for Sunday mornings and one for Wednesday evenings. I enjoy this type of work, so it is not a burden, just busy. That said, I do want to share a verse with you today. On my next entry I will continue the "doctrine" blog entries. But, for today:
1 Cor. 3
3 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, 3 for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking [a]like mere men? 4 For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men?
5 What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. 7 So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own [b]reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s [c]field, God’s building.
There is a reason I chose these passages. It does have to do with my doctrine series, but not directly. Within the church, it is easy for us to get so wrapped up in a particular teacher or ideology. Some of these teachers are great, and some of these ideology's are worth exploring and defending...but we must always remember that even the best teacher and their ideas can be flawed in ways that are difficult to see. I love how Paul makes sure to point people away from himself, telling people to get their minds on Christ-the author and perfecter of our faith. I try and constantly reevaluate some of those things in my life that tend to be outside of the core doctrines that are necessary for life and Godliness. Often it is these beliefs and ideologies that cause division amongst the body of Christ. God Bless you.