Unity and Division (1 Corinthians 1:10-13)

1 Corinthians 1:10-13 (NRSV):

10 Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. 12 What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” 13 Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?


Have you had a profound experience of unity in a group? On what were you and others united? What greater good came from this unity?

What characteristics or attitudes were present in the individuals in that group (including you!) that allowed unity to emerge?

When has division ultimately been a positive thing? What goodness emerged from such division?