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: