Beyond the Weekend

December 30 | The Church

December 30, 2021


Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, to the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people… 1 Corinthians 1:1-2a

Read: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3
1 Corinthians 1


Paul opens his first letter to the Jesus-followers in Corinth clear about his intended audience—the church. He writes to “the church of God in Corinth,” a community of people who trusted Jesus and received God’s mercy and grace. He writes to a group attempting to follow Jesus in relationship to many others doing the same thing. He gives direction about issues dividing the church such as leadership, sexual immorality, lawsuits among believers and problems with the Lord’s Supper. Paul hopes to stop the division. The goal is unity.

It’s still the church’s goal today. Much of what the church does involves relationships and unity. When we join a small group, we enter into relationships to become more like Jesus. Serving in places like children’s ministry means joining a team to help our kids. Being scheduled on the hospitality team involves greeting at the door and assisting people in finding seats in service. There are very few places in the church where we “go it alone.” God’s people are to love, serve and give in relationship with others.

This probably seems strange for a culture that elevates the individual and focuses on rights. Much of what we do may involve just our own goals, priorities and leadership. But God designed his church and our roles in the church for more. It’s about relationship and unity as his people become more like Jesus.


Evaluate your participation in the church regarding community and relationships through 2021. Consider what you are glad you did and where you feel like you could’ve been more connected. Commit to leaning into the church community in a more significant way as you get set to enter 2022.


Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.

Today’s reading is Revelation 21.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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