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16 (I also baptized the family of Stephanas, but I don’t remember that I myself baptized any others.) 17 Christ did not give me the work of baptizing people. He gave me the work of telling the Good News. But he sent me to tell the Good News without using clever speech, which would take away the power that is in the cross[a] of Christ.

God’s Power and Wisdom in Christ Jesus

18 The teaching about the cross seems foolish to those who are lost. But to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:17 cross Paul uses the cross as a picture of the Good News, the story of Christ’s death to pay for people’s sins. The cross (Christ’s death) was God’s way to save people.

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