I Corinthians 3:6-7

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

Isaac Watts’ “Christ And His Cross Is All Our Theme” focuses primarily on I Corinthians 1. But the closing verse is a clear and well-worded reference to this passage.

Till God diffuse his graces down,
Like showers of heav’nly rain,
In vain Apollos sows the ground,
And Paul may plant in vain.

I Corinthians 3:11

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

As is rather common for hymns written in the mid-1800s, “The Church’s One Foundation” alludes to numerous passages. But its primary theme is drawn from this one, as reflected in its first verse:

The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
she is his new creation by water and the Word.
From heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.

The hymn is performed exceptionally well as part of this medley:

Expository Songs

The Church’s One Foundation (I Corinthians 3:11)
Samuel Stone, Samuel Wesley
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

Living temples (I Corinthians 3:16)
George Rawson
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Other References

Christ and His cross is all our theme (I Corinthians 3:6-7) (1709)
Isaac Watts | Popularized by Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs (1707-09)
Lyrics | Sheet Music

A Seed (I Corinthians 3:6)
Sheryl Farris | Popularized by The McKameys
YouTube | Amazon

Master Builder (I Corinthians 3:10)
Dianne Wilkinson | Popularized by The Cathedrals
YouTube | Amazon

Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (I Corinthians 3:11) (700)
7th Century Latin Hymn (translated by John Neale), Henry Smart
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

Founded On Thee (I Corinthians 3:11)
Samuel Francis Smith
Lyrics | Sheet Music

How Firm a Foundation (I Corinthians 3:11) (1787)
Rippon’s Selection of Hymns, Traditional American Melody
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

The Solid Rock (I Corinthians 3:11)
Edward Mole
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

When You Touch Me (I’m Coming to See the Cross Again) (I Corinthians 3:12) (1999)
Stuart Townend | Popularized by Stuart Townend
Lyrics | Amazon

The Temple of God (I Corinthians 3:16-17)
Daniel S. Warner
Lyrics | Sheet Music

How Vast the Treasure We Possess (I Corinthians 3:21)
Isaac Watts
Lyrics | Sheet Music

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