It’s apparent that some of the Corinthian Christians were dividing the church over disagreements concerning spiritual gifts (God-given abilities meant for the edifying of God’s people). There was so much emphasis and esteem being placed on certain gifts that those who seemed to be lacking these certain gifts were beginning to feel as if they were missing a vital aspect of what it means to be a Christian.
An identifying marker of the church ought to be the way in which we stand firm as one united group of people no matter our nationality, race, age, gender or social status. We ought to be a people of one spirit with a shared mind striving side by side to build one another up and to bring more of God’s rule here on earth.
The first groups of Jesus followers devoted themselves to core habits that helped strengthen their unity as a group and their allegiance to Jesus. These are core habits that have been carried on throughout the history of the church and are the essential elements that make up a healthy group of Jesus followers.