What, after all, is Apollos?(A) And what is Paul? Only servants,(B) through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task.

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Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;

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10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,(A) as faithful(B) stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

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As God’s co-workers(A) we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.(B)

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He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant(A)—not of the letter(B) but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.(C)

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23 Are they servants of Christ?(A) (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder,(B) been in prison more frequently,(C) been flogged more severely,(D) and been exposed to death again and again.(E)

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10 By the grace God has given me,(A) I laid a foundation(B) as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.

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25 I have become its servant(A) by the commission God gave me(B) to present to you the word of God(C) in its fullness—

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I became a servant of this gospel(A) by the gift of God’s grace given me(B) through the working of his power.(C)

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But we have this treasure in jars of clay(A) to show that this all-surpassing power is from God(B) and not from us.

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For what we preach is not ourselves,(A) but Jesus Christ as Lord,(B) and ourselves as your servants(C) for Jesus’ sake.

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You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God,(A) not on tablets of stone(B) but on tablets of human hearts.(C)

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28 And God has placed in the church(A) first of all apostles,(B) second prophets,(C) third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing,(D) of helping, of guidance,(E) and of different kinds of tongues.(F)

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There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit(A) distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone(B) it is the same God(C) at work.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.(D) To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom,(E) to another a message of knowledge(F) by means of the same Spirit, to another faith(G) by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing(H) by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers,(I) to another prophecy,(J) to another distinguishing between spirits,(K) to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a](L) and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit,(M) and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:10 Or languages; also in verse 28
  2. 1 Corinthians 12:10 Or languages; also in verse 28

17 If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward;(A) if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.(B)

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The Nature of True Apostleship

This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants(A) of Christ and as those entrusted(B) with the mysteries(C) God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

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So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

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Humble Service in the Body of Christ

For by the grace given me(A) I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,(B) so in Christ we, though many, form one body,(C) and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts,(D) according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying,(E) then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith;(F)

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  1. Romans 12:6 Or the

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”[a](A)

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  1. Romans 10:15 Isaiah 52:7

27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven.

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just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first(A) were eyewitnesses(B) and servants of the word.(C)

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