• Bishop Keith Butler

Same Speech, Same Mind

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (1 Corinthians 1:10)

Every time you see the word beseech used in Scripture, pay attention. Paul is urging his audience to listen to him because what he is about to write is vitally important to everyone. In other words, Paul is saying, “Listen up!”

What was so important to Paul? He wanted everyone to note and heed his message about the power of unity.

Paul outlined three ways to identify unified faith in these verses to the Corinthians.

The first is to speak the same thing. The Corinthian church was reasonably large. How could anyone get a thousand people to say the same thing? The answer is simple. Get everyone to speak the Word.

Paul's second criterion for unified faith is that there be no divisions. The body of Christ has had many splits and divisions, even within churches. Many of these didn't stem from theological differences but petty arguments and minor issues. If the church focused more on the Word than their feelings, it would gather, not scatter.

The last unified effort the church should have, according to Paul, is being perfectly joined together in the same mind and judgment. If the Word is what everyone is looking to for guidance, they will arrive at the same conclusion every time.

The Word is the unifying principle. If we go to the Word as a community, God will bless our unity.

Practical Application – Spend some time searching Scripture and writing out a declaration of faith about your church. Then speak it out loud and decide to say it every day as you use your authority to declare God's Word over your community of faith.

Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 3:3



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