Matthew 16:13-18 New English Translation (NET Bible)
13 When[a] Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,[b] “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 They answered, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,[c] and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered,[d] “You are the Christ,[e] the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him,[f] “You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood[g] did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven! 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[h] will not overpower it.
Acts 2:14-47 New English Translation (NET Bible)
Peter’s Address on the Day of Pentecost
14 But Peter stood up[a] with the eleven, raised his voice, and addressed them: “You men of Judea[b] and all you who live in Jerusalem, know this[c] and listen carefully to what I say. 15 In spite of what you think, these men are not drunk,[d] for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.[e] 16 But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel:[f]
17 ‘And in the last days[g] it will be,’ God says,
22 “Men of Israel,[p] listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man clearly attested to you by God with powerful deeds,[q] wonders, and miraculous signs[r] that God performed among you through him, just as you yourselves know— 23 this man, who was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed[s] by nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles.[t] 24 But God raised him up,[u] having released[v] him from the pains[w] of death, because it was not possible for him to be held in its power.[x] 25 For David says about him,
‘I saw the Lord always in front of me,[y]
29 “Brothers,[ad] I can speak confidently[ae] to you about our forefather[af] David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 So then, because[ag] he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants[ah] on his throne,[ai] 31 David by foreseeing this[aj] spoke about the resurrection of the Christ,[ak] that he was neither abandoned to Hades,[al] nor did his body[am] experience[an] decay.[ao] 32 This Jesus God raised up, and we are all witnesses of it.[ap] 33 So then, exalted[aq] to the right hand[ar] of God, and having received[as] the promise of the Holy Spirit[at] from the Father, he has poured out[au] what you both see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend into heaven, but he himself says,
The Response to Peter’s Address
37 Now when they heard this,[bc] they were acutely distressed[bd] and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “What should we do, brothers?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized[be] in the name of Jesus Christ[bf] for[bg] the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.[bh] 39 For the promise[bi] is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.” 40 With many other words he testified[bj] and exhorted them saying, “Save yourselves from this perverse[bk] generation!” 41 So those who accepted[bl] his message[bm] were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people[bn] were added.[bo]
The Fellowship of the Early Believers
42 They were devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship,[bp] to the breaking of bread and to prayer.[bq] 43 Reverential awe[br] came over everyone,[bs] and many wonders and miraculous signs[bt] came about by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and held[bu] everything in common, 45 and they began selling[bv] their property[bw] and possessions and distributing the proceeds[bx] to everyone, as anyone had need. 46 Every day[by] they continued to gather together by common consent in the temple courts,[bz] breaking bread from[ca] house to house, sharing their food with glad[cb] and humble hearts,[cc] 47 praising God and having the good will[cd] of all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number every day[ce] those who were being saved.
Ephesians 4 New English Translation (NET Bible)
Live in Unity
4 I, therefore, the prisoner for the Lord,[a] urge you to live[b] worthily of the calling with which you have been called,[c] 2 with all humility and gentleness,[d] with patience, putting up with[e] one another in love, 3 making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you too were called to the one hope of your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he captured[f] captives; he gave gifts to men.”[g] 9 Now what is the meaning of “he ascended,” except that he also descended[h] to the lower regions,[i] namely, the earth?[j] 10 He, the very one[k] who descended, is also the one who ascended above all the heavens, in order to fill all things. 11 And he himself[l] gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,[m] 12 to equip[n] the saints for the work of ministry, that is,[o] to build up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God—a mature person, attaining to[p] the measure of Christ’s full stature.[q] 14 So[r] we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes.[s] 15 But practicing the truth in love,[t] we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head. 16 From him the whole body grows, fitted and held together[u] through every supporting ligament.[v] As each one does its part, the body builds itself up in love.
Live in Holiness
17 So I say this, and insist[w] in the Lord, that you no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility[x] of their thinking.[y] 18 They are darkened in their understanding,[z] being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their hearts. 19 Because they are callous, they have given themselves over to indecency for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.[aa] 20 But you did not learn about Christ like this, 21 if indeed you heard about him and were taught in him, just as the truth is in Jesus. 22 You were taught with reference to your former way of life to lay aside[ab] the old man who is being corrupted in accordance with deceitful desires, 23 to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and to put on the new man who has been created in God’s image[ac]—in righteousness and holiness that comes from truth.[ad]
25 Therefore, having laid aside falsehood, each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor,[ae] because we are members of one another. 26 Be angry and do not sin;[af] do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger.[ag] 27 Do not give the devil an opportunity. 28 The one who steals must steal no longer; instead he must labor, doing good with his own hands, so that he will have something to share with the one who has need. 29 You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need,[ah] that it would give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 You must put away all bitterness, anger, wrath, quarreling, and slanderous talk—indeed all malice.[ai] 32 Instead,[aj] be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.