Who is Apollos, anyhow? Or who is Paul? They're merely servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord gave to each of us his task.
Instead, in every way we demonstrate that we are God's servants by tremendous endurance in the midst of difficulties, hardships, and calamities;
As an expert builder using the grace that God gave me, I laid the foundation, and someone else is building on it. But each person must be careful how he builds on it.
who has also qualified us to be ministers of a new covenant, which is not written but spiritual, because the written text brings death, but the Spirit gives life.
To one man he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, based on their ability. Then he went on his trip.
just as they were passed down to us by those who had been eyewitnesses and servants of the word from the beginning,
How, then, can people call on someone they have not believed? And how can they believe in someone they have not heard about? And how can they hear without someone preaching?
For by the grace given to me I ask every one of you not to think of yourself more highly than you should think, rather to think of yourself with sober judgment on the measure of faith that God has assigned each of you.
So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is significant, but God, who keeps everything growing, is the one who matters.
Think of us as servants of the Messiah and as servant managers entrusted with God's secrets.
For if I preach voluntarily, I get a reward, but if I am unwilling to do it, I am still entrusted with that obligation.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit,
God has appointed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then those who perform miracles, those who have gifts of healing, those who help others, administrators, and those who speak various kinds of languages.
You are demonstrating that you are the Messiah's letter, produced by our service, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
For we do not preach ourselves, but rather Jesus the Messiah as Lord, and ourselves as merely your servants for Jesus' sake.
But we have this treasure in clay jars to show that its extraordinary power comes from God and not from us.
Since, then, we are working with God, we plead with you not to accept God's grace in vain.
Are they the Messiah's servants? I am insane to talk like this, but I am a far better one! I have been involved in far greater efforts, far more imprisonments, countless beatings, and have faced death more than once.
I have become a servant of this gospel according to the gift of God's grace that was given me by the working of his power.
I became its servant as God commissioned me to work for you, so that I may complete my ministry of the word of God.