And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayers.
serving the Lord with all humility, with tears, and with the trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews--
and that I did not shrink back from proclaiming to you anything that was profitable, or from teaching it to you in public and from house to house.
I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus.
"And now I am on my way to Jerusalem, bound in my spirit, not knowing what I will encounter there,
except that in town after town the Holy Spirit testifies to me that chains and afflictions are waiting for me.
But I count my life of no value to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God's grace.
"And now I know that none of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will ever see my face again.
Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of everyone's blood,
for I did not shrink back from declaring to you the whole plan of God.
Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among whom the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood.
I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.
And men from among yourselves will rise up with deviant doctrines to lure the disciples into following them.
Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears.
According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the standard of faith;
if service, in service; if teaching, in teaching;
if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness.
For if I preach the gospel, I have no reason to boast, because an obligation is placed on me. And woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
And tell Archippus, "Pay attention to the ministry you have received in the Lord, so that you can accomplish it."
Until I come, give your attention to public reading, exhortation, and teaching.
Do not neglect the gift that is in you; it was given to you through prophecy, with the laying on of hands by the council of elders.
Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all.
Be conscientious about yourself and your teaching; persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.
proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching.
All these were continually united in prayer, along with the women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers.
As they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work that I have called them to."
Then, after they had fasted, prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them off.
For God, whom I serve with my spirit in [telling] the good news about His Son, is my witness that I constantly mention you,
This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.
[I pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
[I pray] that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. [I pray that] you, being rooted and firmly established in love,
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and width, height and depth,
and to know the Messiah's love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think-- according to the power that works in you--
to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer,
And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment,
so that you can determine what really matters and can be pure and blameless in the day of Christ,
filled with the fruit of righteousness that [comes] through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven't stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,
so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing [to Him], bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.
May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy
giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints' inheritance in the light.
He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves,
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you, for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me in person.
Epaphras, who is one of you, a slave of Christ Jesus, greets you. He is always contending for you in his prayers, so that you can stand mature and fully assured in everything God wills.