Wednesday, January 19, 2011

1 Corinthians 1:10-19 - The Epistle Lectionary Passage for Sunday, January 23, 2011

This is the NRVS translation of the lectionary epistle lesson for Sunday. This is also the passage I'll preach at Cove. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let’s discuss the Word of God.


10Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. 11For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. 12What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” 13Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

14I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16(I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)

17For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. 18For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”


  1. It is the words and actions of Jesus Christ that we need to follow, irregardless of who the message comes from - it should be directly based on Christ's Gospel. And we as Christians need to follow His lead - be of one mind, heart, soul...His.
    Not that this is easy for any of us to do - because we're human. That doesn't mean, however, that we don't keep trying!

  2. My favorite part of this lectionary is: verse 17 where it speaks of the cross (emptied of its power) what a unique way of vieing the cross. The cross has power and should not be wasted.