Now I entreat you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to cultivate a spirit of harmony--all of you--and that there be no divisions among you, but rather a perfect union through your having one mind and one judgement.
For I have been distinctly informed, my brethren, about you by Chloe's people, that there are dissensions among you.
What I mean is that each of you is a partisan. One man says "I belong to Paul;" another "I belong to Apollos;" a third "I belong to Peter;" a fourth "I belong to Christ."
Is the Christ in fragments? Is it Paul who was crucified on your behalf? Or were you baptized to be Paul's adherents?
I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius--
for fear people should say that you were baptized to be my adherents.
I did, however, baptize Stephanas' household also: but I do not think that I baptized any one else.
Christ did not send me to baptize, but to proclaim the Good News; and not in merely wise words--lest the Cross of Christ should be deprived of its power.