These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. Hebrews 11.13, 14
1 Clement 1
Clement of Rome (fl. ca. 90-100 AD)
“The Church of God which sojourns at Rome, to the Church of God sojourning at Corinth, to them that are called and sanctified by the will of God, through our Lord Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, from Almighty God through Jesus Christ, be multiplied…Owing, dear brethren, to the sudden and successive calamitous events which have happened to ourselves, we feel that we have been somewhat tardy in turning our attention to the points respecting which you consulted us…”
Clement was known to the churches in Corinth from the days of Paul, and, now that Paul was gone, when troubles arose in Corinth, the leaders of that church turned to a friend for help. Clement responded by speaking on behalf of the church in Rome in its entirety. His letter was one church responding to another church in a time of crisis. We are sojourners together, brethren – your church and every other one, beginning with those in your own community. Out of the oneness in which they sojourned together, the Corinthians wrote to Clement, and Clement – and the church in Rome – replied.
Does your church have a “sister church” it turns to for advice and assistance? Do you have pastors to whom you can look for help when trials and difficulties arise? How might your church reach out to struggling churches in your community, to join and assist them in your sojourn together toward the Eternal City?
Introduction to Christian Worldview
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 Throughout this series the text of 1 Clement is that found in Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, eds. Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume I: The Apostolic Fathers, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, A. Cleveland Coxe, ed. (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1885, 1995), pp. 5ff.