They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight.
Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,
not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “ If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;
what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.
In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;
They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.
When they had been released, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.
At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s portico.
But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord;
strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “ Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”
When he had gone back up and had broken the bread and eaten, he talked with them a long while until daybreak, and then left.
rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,
Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ?
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.
Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.
Therefore when you meet together, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper,
I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;
having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;
You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.
This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,
You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,
but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,