41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number(A) that day.

The Fellowship of the Believers

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching(B) and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread(C) and to prayer.(D) 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.(E) 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.(F) 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.(G) 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.(H) They broke bread(I) in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.(J) And the Lord added to their number(K) daily those who were being saved.

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As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders(A) in Jerusalem(B) for the people to obey.(C) So the churches were strengthened(D) in the faith and grew daily in numbers.(E)

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18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a](A) and on this rock I will build my church,(B) and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 16:18 The Greek word for Peter means rock.
  2. Matthew 16:18 That is, the realm of the dead

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.(A) 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,(B) baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,(C) 20 and teaching(D) them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you(E) always, to the very end of the age.”(F)

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22 And God placed all things under his feet(A) and appointed him to be head(B) over everything for the church, 23 which is his body,(C) the fullness of him(D) who fills everything in every way.(E)

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23 For I received from the Lord(A) what I also passed on to you:(B) The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body,(C) which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant(D) in my blood;(E) do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.(F)

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