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1 Corinthians 1:9-19 (GOD'S WORD Translation)

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9 God faithfully keeps his promises. He called you to be partners with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Brothers and sisters, I encourage all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to agree with each other and not to split into opposing groups. I want you to be united in your understanding and opinions. 11 Brothers and sisters, some people from Chloe's family have made it clear to me that you are quarreling among yourselves. 12 This is what I mean: Each of you is saying, "I follow Paul," or "I follow Apollos," or "I follow Cephas," or "I follow Christ." 13 Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in Paul's name? 14 I thank God that I didn't baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius 15 so that no one can say you were baptized in my name. 16 I also baptized Stephanas and his family. Beyond that, I'm not sure whether I baptized anyone else. 17 Christ didn't send me to baptize. Instead, he sent me to spread the Good News. I didn't use intellectual arguments. That would have made the cross of Christ lose its meaning. 18 The message about the cross is nonsense to those who are being destroyed, but it is God's power to us who are being saved. 19 Scripture says, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise. I will reject the intelligence of intelligent people."
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