I am not writing these things to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children.
For even if you had ten thousand others to teach you about Christ, you have only one spiritual father. For I became your father in Christ Jesus when I preached the Good News to you.
So I ask you to follow my example and do as I do.
That is the very reason I am sending Timothy -- to help you do this. For he is my beloved and trustworthy child in the Lord. He will remind you of what I teach about Christ Jesus in all the churches wherever I go.
I know that some of you have become arrogant, thinking I will never visit you again.
But I will come -- and soon -- if the Lord will let me, and then I'll find out whether these arrogant people are just big talkers or whether they really have God's power.
For the Kingdom of God is not just fancy talk; it is living by God's power.
Which do you choose? Should I come with punishment and scolding, or should I come with quiet love and gentleness?