Everything is better together!
• Accomplish more; spread the load
• Variety of experiences, abilities, and viewpoints
• More laughs, encouragement, support, resources
• Paul writing while chained to guard in prison
• Church facing internal tension and external pressure
• We do not know exact source of the pressure (Paul did not say) but original audience was aware.
• Cultural pressure to worship the emperor as lord and savior so frowned upon and increasingly illegal to worship a different Lord and Savior.
• Internal selfish tendencies forming
• Jealousy; Comparison; Mixed motives; Petty preference
• Unforgiveness; Bitterness; Rivalries; Cheating; Betrayal
• Boredom: need stimulation or entertainment
• Desires: what I want or need
• Purpose: do something worthwhile
• Preferences: I like things a certain way
• Wanderlust: Grass looks greener over there
• Culture: conform to our ways or be excluded [FOMO]
• Persecution: Do not believe or say anything we disagree with or we will make you suffer [cancel culture]
Stay TOGETHER under pressure! Why? Natural desire to SPLIT.