for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
Now you are Christ's body, and individually members of it.
from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."
So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You " He said to him, "Tend My lambs."
to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place."
So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.
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."
"But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.
"Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another.
I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.
Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.
So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church.
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation Let all things be done for edification.
Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart,
Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,
giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited,
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
All this time you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. Actually, it is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ; and all for your upbuilding, beloved.
For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith,
Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions.
We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.
Say to Archippus, "Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it."
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service,
But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Only Luke is with me Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service.
Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.