15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, (A)“You are (B)the Christ, (C)the Son of (D)the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, (E)“Blessed are you, (F)Simon Bar-Jonah! For (G)flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, (H)but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, (I)you are Peter, and (J)on this rock[a] I will build my church, and (K)the gates of (L)hell[b] shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you (M)the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and (N)whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed[c] in heaven.”

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  1. Matthew 16:18 The Greek words for Peter and rock sound similar
  2. Matthew 16:18 Greek the gates of Hades
  3. Matthew 16:19 Or shall have been bound… shall have been loosed

If Your Brother Sins Against You

15 (A)“If your brother sins against you, (B)go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have (C)gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established (D)by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, (E)tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, (F)let him be to you as (G)a Gentile and (H)a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, (I)whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed[a] in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you (J)agree on earth about anything they ask, (K)it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are (L)gathered in my name, (M)there am I among them.”

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  1. Matthew 18:18 Or shall have been bound… shall have been loosed

41 So those who received his word were baptized, and (A)there were added that day about three thousand souls.

The Fellowship of the Believers

42 And (B)they devoted themselves to the apostles' (C)teaching and the (D)fellowship, to (E)the breaking of bread and the prayers.

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47 praising God and (A)having favor with all the people. And the Lord (B)added to their number (C)day by day those who (D)were being saved.

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11 And (A)great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.

Many Signs and Wonders Done

12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people (B)by the hands of the apostles. And they were all (C)together in (D)Solomon's Portico. 13 None of the rest dared join them, but (E)the people held them in high esteem. 14 And (F)more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women,

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(A)Therefore, brothers,[a] pick out from among you seven men (B)of good repute, (C)full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But (D)we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, (E)a man full of faith and (F)of the Holy Spirit, and (G)Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, (H)a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and (I)they prayed and (J)laid their hands on them.

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  1. Acts 6:3 Or brothers and sisters

Barnabas and Saul Sent Off

13 Now there were in the church at Antioch (A)prophets and (B)teachers, (C)Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger,[a] Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of (D)Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, (E)the Holy Spirit said, (F)“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul (G)for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and (H)praying they laid their hands on them and (I)sent them off.

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  1. Acts 13:1 Niger is a Latin word meaning black, or dark

23 And when they had (A)appointed (B)elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting (C)they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

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27 And when they arrived and gathered the church together, (A)they declared all that God had done with them, and (B)how he had (C)opened (D)a door of faith to the Gentiles.

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The Jerusalem Council

15 (A)But some men came down from Judea and were teaching (B)the brothers, “Unless you are (C)circumcised (D)according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and (E)debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and (F)some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to (G)the apostles and the elders about this question. So, (H)being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, (I)describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and (J)brought great joy to all (K)the brothers.[a] (L)When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and (M)the apostles and the elders, and (N)they declared all that God had done with them. But some believers who belonged to (O)the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, (P)“It is necessary (Q)to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.”

(R)The (S)apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. And after there had been much (T)debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, (U)that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear (V)the word of (W)the gospel and believe. And God, (X)who knows the heart, (Y)bore witness to them, (Z)by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, and (AA)he made no distinction between us and them, (AB)having cleansed their hearts (AC)by faith. 10 Now, therefore, why (AD)are you putting God to the test (AE)by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples (AF)that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But we (AG)believe that we will be (AH)saved through (AI)the grace of the Lord Jesus, (AJ)just as they will.”

12 And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul (AK)as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles. 13 After they finished speaking, (AL)James replied, “Brothers, listen to me. 14 (AM)Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them (AN)a people for his name. 15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written,

16 (AO)“‘After this I will return,
and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen;
I will rebuild its ruins,
     and I will restore it,
17 that the remnant[b] of mankind (AP)may seek the Lord,
    and all the Gentiles (AQ)who are called by my name,
     says the Lord, who makes these things 18 (AR)known from of old.’

19 Therefore (AS)my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who (AT)turn to God, 20 but should write to them (AU)to abstain from (AV)the things polluted by idols, and from (AW)sexual immorality, and from (AX)what has been strangled, and from (AY)blood. 21 For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, (AZ)for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.”

The Council's Letter to Gentile Believers

22 Then it seemed good to (BA)the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called (BB)Barsabbas, and (BC)Silas, leading men among (BD)the brothers, 23 with the following letter: (BE)“The brothers, both (BF)the apostles and the elders, to the brothers[c] who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, (BG)greetings. 24 Since we have heard that (BH)some persons have gone out from us and (BI)troubled you[d] with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions, 25 it has seemed good to us, having come (BJ)to one accord, to choose men and send them to you with our (BK)beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 (BL)men who have (BM)risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We have therefore sent (BN)Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth. 28 For it has seemed good (BO)to the Holy Spirit and (BP)to us (BQ)to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: 29 (BR)that you abstain from (BS)what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”

30 So when they were sent off, they went down to Antioch, and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter.

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  1. Acts 15:3 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 22
  2. Acts 15:17 Or rest
  3. Acts 15:23 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 32, 33, 36
  4. Acts 15:24 Some manuscripts some persons from us have troubled you

(A)So the churches were strengthened in (B)the faith, and they increased in numbers (C)daily.

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28 (A)Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all (B)the flock, in which (C)the Holy Spirit has made you (D)overseers, (E)to care for (F)the church of God,[a] which he (G)obtained (H)with his own blood.[b]

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  1. Acts 20:28 Some manuscripts of the Lord
  2. Acts 20:28 Or with the blood of his Own

To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:

(A)Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those (A)sanctified in Christ Jesus, (B)called to be saints together with all those who in every place (C)call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

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16 (A)Do you not know that you[a] are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?

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  1. 1 Corinthians 3:16 The Greek for you is plural in verses 16 and 17

When you are assembled (A)in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are (B)to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so (C)that his spirit may be saved (D)in the day of the Lord.[a]

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  1. 1 Corinthians 5:5 Some manuscripts add Jesus

Live as You Are Called

17 Only let each person lead the life[a] (A)that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. (B)This is my rule in (C)all the churches.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 7:17 Or each person walk in the way

13 Do you not know that (A)those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? 14 In the same way, the Lord commanded that (B)those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

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12 If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more?

Nevertheless, (A)we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything (B)rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.

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