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Don't Rock The Boat

Spiritual Gifts Divisiveness Followership

Source: The Final Cartwheel, By Lawrence Winkler, p. 18

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Contributed By: John Reed | Date Posted: 2018-01-07

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:7

Author: Jean-Paul Sartre
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ILLUSTRATION

 "Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat."

[Jean-Paul Charles Sartre (1905–1980) was a French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and political activist. He was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature but declined the honor because he did not want to take sides in the cultural struggle between the East and the West.]

APPLICATION

"Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good" (1 Corinthians 12:7).  

God has distributed spiritual capacities to the individual members of the body of Christ so that as each one fulfills their purpose, the Church is edified.  Unfortunately, the Corinthians suffered from gift envy.  Rather than being content with the role God had equipped them to play, they lusted after the "greater gifts," the showy gifts, the up-front gifts.  

By placing a premium on certain gifts, they had allowed their pride to divert their attention from the call of God. Instead of positively contributing to the common good, their actions resulted in disharmony and division.  They had stopped rowing and started rocking.  

Unity In The Church

Unity Divisiveness Discipleship

Source: "Tozer for the Christian Leader: A 365-Day Devotional," p. July 30

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-16

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:10

Author: A. W. Tozer / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

A. W. Tozer has written:

Has it ever occurred to you that 100 pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other?  They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow.

 

APPLICATION

No matter how faithful a leader or teacher might be, we must resist the temptation to align ourselves to them, as if we are their follower.  The best leaders are those who encourage us to follow Christ. There is only one head to the Body of Christ, and that is Christ!

When we tune ourselves to anyone else, we become a dissonant note, a divisive influence in the Church. The best way to remain in tune with the other members of the Body of Christ is to remain in tune with Christ and Christ alone.  

Addressing this very issue with the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul wrote:

I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. For some members of Chloe’s household have told me about your quarrels, my dear brothers and sisters. Some of you are saying, “I am a follower of Paul.” Others are saying, “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Peter,” or “I follow only Christ.” Has Christ been divided into factions? Was I, Paul, crucified for you? Were any of you baptized in the name of Paul? Of course not!  (1 Corinthians 1:10-13, NLT)

Most Prolific Cannibal

Conflict Church Health/Growth Divisiveness

Source: GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS 2003," p. 149 / "The 'most prolific cannibal'" by Avinesh Gopal, posted FIJI TIMES, Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2014-09-12

Scripture: Galatians 5:15

Author: Avinesh Gopal / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Did you know that not all cannibals are alike? An exo-cannibal eats only those outside his immediate social circle (e.g., his enemies), while and endo-cannibal will eat those within his immediate social circle (e.g., his friends). A pan-cannibal is indescriminate, and will eat anyone. 
 
The world's most infamous cannibal is the legendary, 19th century, Fijian chieftan, Udre Udre, as described in an article from the FIJI TIMES:

Udre Udre holds the Guinness World Record for "most prolific cannibal."

The name Udre Udre still stirs fear in people even though he is said to have died and is resting in Rakiraki.

From stories passed down generations, Udre Udre was from Draqara in the Nakauvadra mountain range. It was the time when tribal war was going on and people were killed, cleaned and eaten beside a river — a spot known as Kanakana Bridge. … Udre Udre and his people moved to Korolevu and some went to Lovoni ...

"When Udre Udre and his group settled at Korolevu, they used to beat the lali an idiophonic Fijian drum from the top of the hill and it could be heard as far as Yaqara," said Epeli Bukadogo of Vatusekiyasawa Village.

"From what I was told by my forefathers, the beating of the lali meant Udre Udre was looking for someone to eat.

"People used to hide their children, who even went and hid themselves when they heard the beating echoing through the mountains.

"He would go for those who were fat and healthy, even children. If he wanted to eat someone, he would just get that person."

Mr Bukadogo said Udre Udre killed his victims by smashing their heads on a sharp stone. …

Udre Udre reportedly ate between 872 and 999 people.

He kept a stone for each body he ate. The stones were reportedly placed alongside his tomb in Rakiraki.

According to Udre Udre's son, the chiefs of Rakiraki would go to the battlefield along with Udre Udre and they would each give him every body part of their victims, especially the head, preserving what he couldn't eat in one sitting for consumption later.

APPLICATION

Did you know that not all Christians are alike? Some actually consume their own! We learn from Scripture that there is what might be called an Ecclesiastical-Cannibal.

"But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another" (Galatians 5:15, ESV).

Monks Fight at Church of the Nativity

Christmas Divisiveness Carnality

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-11-20

Scripture: Colossians 1:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Maintaining Your Market Share

Church Health/Growth Divisiveness Worldliness

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2012-07-17

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:4

Author: Mercy and Truth Ministries
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Divisions and Downfall

Object Lessons Divisiveness Church/Body of Christ

Contributed By: Matthew Smith | Date Posted: 2012-03-24

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:10

Author: Matthew Smith
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Unnatural Worry

Divisiveness Hypocrisy Carnality

Contributed By: Leroy Larson | Date Posted: 2012-02-24

Scripture: Galatians 6:10

Author: Thomas Brooks
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The Evangelist's Disclaimer

Witness Divisiveness Humor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-01-16

Scripture: John 17:20

Author: unknown
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When In Doubt, Preach Grace

Grace Spiritual Growth Divisiveness

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2011-09-01

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:10 ; 1 Corinthians 1:3

Author: Philip Yancey
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The Exercise of Unity

Unity Church/Body of Christ Divisiveness

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2011-08-14

Scripture: John 17:22

Author: Larry Lewis
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