diakonoV †- deacon, minister, servant
ekastw †††††wV †††o †††kurioV †††††††††edwken
every man†††††††† the Lord†††††† bestow, bring forth, commit, deliver, give, grant, minister, have power,
This verse answers the question in 3:4: ďAre you not mere men?Ē
The Corinthians had:
a) misunderstood the gospel
b) inadequate perception of the church
c) inadequate perception of ministry
Paul and Apollos are servants not masters
These verse state there is one goal: the harvest.
The Corinthians perception of the servants is both too high and too low:
a) too high because they have given them† authority beyond their calling and Godís plan
b) too low because they have subjected them to their own human judgment.
Pastors and teachers are servants:
2 Cor. 3:6††††††††† 2 Cor 6:4†††††††††† 2 Cor. 11:23††††† Rom. 16:1†††††††† Col. 1:7, 23, 25
Col. 4:7†††††††††††† Eph. 3:7††††††††††† Ep. 6:21††††††††††† 1 Tim. 4:6
Jesus teaching on servants:
Mark 10:41-45; Luke 22:25-27
The Cross is:
a) the center and pivot of the gospel
b) Godís way to contradict the world and manís ways
c) A basic model for ministry
Paul wants the Corinthians to recognize Apollos and Paul are different because of Godís plan and their growth.† It should not be a source of strife.
Paul wants the Corinthians to focus on the Lord not the servants.
egw ††††efuteusa †††apollwV ††††epotisen ††††all ††††o †††††qeoV ††††††††††huxanen
I have planted†††† Apollos††††† watered†††† but†††††††††† God††††††† gave the increase
wote ††††††††††oute †††††††††††††††o †††futeuwn ††††estin ††††††ti †††ouite ††††o †††††potizwn ††††††allSo then†† neither is he that plants††† any thing†††††† neither he that waters but
o †††††††††uxanwn †††††††††††††††††††qeoV
that giveth the increase† God