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For when you divide yourselves up in groups—a “Paul group” and an “Apollos group”[a]—you’re acting like people without the Spirit’s influence.[b]

Who is Apollos, really? Or who is Paul? Aren’t we both just servants through whom you believed our message? Aren’t each of us doing the ministry the Lord has assigned to us? I was the one who planted the church and Apollos came and cared for it, but it was God who caused it to grow.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 3:4 Apollos was a brilliant, educated Alexandrian Jew and a follower of John the Baptizer. While in Ephesus, Apollos met Priscilla and Aquila, who directed him into deeper teachings of Christ (Acts 18:24-26). Apparently the church of Corinth was deeply divided and in need of wisdom and unity.
  2. 1 Corinthians 3:4 Or “Are you [merely] men?”

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