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1 Corinthians 1:10-18

Getting Along Together

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1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Getting Along Together

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: In some stores you may find cans of alphabet soup available for purchase. Alphabet pasta is available and could be incorporated into a craft project for the children, if appropriate to your situation. Using the pasta to spell out the word l-o-v-e to illustrate the ending of this lesson would be useful, but not essential.

When I was a kid one of my favorite soups was alphabet soup. Alphabet soup is a vegetable soup that has beans, corn, peas, and carrots in it. It also is full of tiny pasta shaped like the letters of the alphabet. It is fun to eat because you can think of how you would put letters together to spell certain words.

Today’s Bible verse made me think of alphabet soup. The Apostle Paul writes to Christians living in Corinth and he tells them this: “Now I beg you, brothers, through the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment (purpose)” (1:10).

He asks these new Christians to get along with each other. He says it is important that they work together toward the same purpose.

Let’s go back to alphabet soup. What if letter “A” didn’t get along with letter “B”? Or letter “G” didn’t want to get into the soup pot if letter “M” was going to be there? Perhaps letter “L” thought letter “Z” looked strange.

Wow, if the cook had to deal with all these problems the soup would never be made and kids would not have hot alphabet soup for lunch. If we’re not careful, the same thing could happen as we work together as Christians.

The Bible reminds us that we need to get along and work together towards the same purpose. What do you think our purpose is as Christians?

Yes! We want to help others and make a difference in our world. When we accept God’s love we can then share that L-O-V-E with others. Isn’t that a good way to use those letters?

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2010, Richard Niell Donovan