What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord assigned to each one.
But as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, distresses,
According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.
who has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.
just as they were delivered to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word,
How then can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without a preacher?
For by the grace given to me I say to every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him.
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward; but if it is not of my will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.
And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then those having gifts of healings, helps, administrations, and those speaking in various kinds of tongues.
You show that you are a letter from Christ, delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of carnal hearts.
For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
Working together with him, then, we urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
Are they servants of Christ? I am a better oneI am talking like a madmanin far more labors, in far more imprisonments, with more beatings, and often in danger of death.
Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace which was given me by the working of his power.
Of this church I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,