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Apostolic Ministry

So then you must perceive us—not as leaders of factions, but as servants[a] of the Anointed One, those who have been entrusted[b] with God’s mysteries. The most important quality of one entrusted with such secrets is that they are faithful and trustworthy.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 4:1 Paul uses an unusual Greek word, huperetes, which means “subordinate” or “personal assistant.” The compound word huperetes literally means “under-rowers,” and it is used in classical Greek to describe those who sit on benches in the lower parts of the ship rowing. Apostolic ministry does not mean that an apostle is seen as important and in first place, but as one who will often be in a hidden role of moving a church and region forward as a subordinate of our captain, Jesus Christ.
  2. 1 Corinthians 4:1 Or “stewards” (“estate managers,” “trustees”). Paul is here referring to the apostles who helped establish and set in order the church at Corinth.