Provost Doug McConnell at Chapel: First Things First

McConnell delivered a message on 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 at All-Seminary Chapel

By Sharon Hong

Doug McConnell preaches at All-Seminary Chapel on Jan. 30, 2014

His message was simple, but powerful: Jesus first.

As students at Fuller Seminary go through their education and discover new favorite theologians, favorite professors, favorite pastors, or favorite authors, Provost Doug McConnell cautioned them to never forget who is first.

Preaching from 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 in which the Apostle Paul warns against divisions in the church, McConnell said that it is natural for people to make affinities to certain things. Many tribes and nations have totems that symbolize characteristics that are important to their culture, he said.

However, it is important that those affinities don't turn into divisions, in which people find themselves opposing other Christians, and forsaking unity.

"If there's anything I've learned about leadership is that you have to keep first things first," McConnell said. "And there's a lot of application to our Christian life - it's Jesus first."

McConnell concluded by emphasizing that the redemption and power of Christ must never be pushed to the side, but needs to be central.

"That message is something we look at here. We study it, teach it, and preach it. And while you're here you may be completely enamored with one particular position, on particular professor, and one particular denomination, but don't forget Jesus," he said.

President Mark Labberton will be preaching in chapel next week. Students are invited to stay for coffee and conversation with President Labberton after the worship service.

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