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Jealousy and quarreling can tear a congregation apart. It is not fitting for godly Christians.

BibleGateway: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

ESV Text: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

1 Corinthians 3:1–9 (Listen)

Divisions in the Church

3:1 But I, brothers,1 could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

Footnotes

[1] 3:1 Or brothers and sisters

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KJV Text:

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     1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

     5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? 6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 416 :
Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways

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1. Oh, that the Lord would guide my ways 
To keep His statutes still! 
Oh, that my God would grant me grace 
To know and do His will! 

2. Order my footsteps by Thy Word 
And make my heart sincere; 
Let sin have no dominion, Lord, 
But keep my conscience clear. 

3. Assist my soul, too apt to stray, 
A stricter watch to keep; 
And should I e’er forget Thy way, 
Restore Thy wandering sheep. 

4. Make me to walk in Thy commands,– 
‘Tis a delightful road,– 
Nor let my head or heart or hands 
Offend against my God. 


Hymn: LSB 695 Not for tongues of Heaven’s Angels
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