- Written by Bruce Galloway
Let us remember an important point in the scripture lesson that undergirds today's sermon: "Paul planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase." Apollos was a young, dynamic witness for Christ who came on the scene as the Apostle Paul was "planting" churches in a variety of places. There were those who attracted to Apollos because of his appeal as an orator. Paul could have been jealous of him, but he was so committed to His Lord that he refused to succumb to such immaturity. In verses 8 and 9, Paul stressed unity in fellowship and service: "Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building." Verse 11 sums up the basic truth regarding the church: "For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ."