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“Headship versus Location”

1 Corinthians 1:2a

To the church of God in Corinth...

Thoughts for Today:

The NIV translation (which we typically use), states the church is "in Corinth." However, the King James Version more accurately reads: "at Corinth". This might seem like a technical, over-complication of the human language -- but is it? What did Paul intend? All we need to do is look back to Romans 16:3-5 where Paul described the church that met "at" versus "in" Pricilla and Aquila's home. It is a subtle yet important distinction.

There is something else at work here. Paul says, "the church of God," he didn't say, "the church of Corinth," or even "the Church of England." There is only one church, and that is "the church of God." The church may meet or be physically located "at" Corinth, but it is "in" Christ. The address of the church is not important, but the person of Christ is all-important.

Unfortunately, when the word "church" is used today, it is all too often in reference to a building. But the church is not a building, nor an organization -- it is a people. A blood-washed, called-out people that meet to worship and honor God. God is not impressed with huge monuments built for Him. The church is the body of Christ with Jesus as the head, and will only remain if the church stays connected to Christ. If the church loses or strays from Christ (and His headship), then it/we will cease to be a "church", no matter how beautiful, ornate and "spiritual" our buildings may appear.

Questions to Ponder:

What does it mean to be a Christian? It means to be "in" Christ. So our location, whether we are "at" Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans, or Nantucket, doesn't really matter. The important question is: Are we "in" Christ? Are you? Is your church?

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Pocket Devotions are written by Mike Brooks. A retired businessman, he is Moderator of South Shores church, leads the Deacon Board, serves on the finance committee, and he teaches a Men's Bible study and the Men's Ministry. Mike has a passion for evangelical missions. He is the husband of Sherry; the father of Ryan, Natalie, Krissy, Rebecca, and Amanda; the father-in-law of Ariel; and the grandfather of Conner and Christian.