perfection
Luke 22:32
But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."
John 21:15-17
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When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said to Him, "You know that I love You." "Feed My lambs," He told him.
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A second time He asked him, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" "Yes, Lord," he said to Him, "You know that I love You." "Shepherd My sheep," He told him.
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He asked him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, "Do you love Me?" He said, "Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You." "Feed My sheep," Jesus said.
Acts 9:31
So the church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace, being built up and walking in the fear of the Lord and in the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, and it increased in numbers.
Acts 11:23
When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he encouraged all of them to remain true to the Lord with a firm resolve of the heart--
Acts 14:22
strengthening the hearts of the disciples by encouraging them to continue in the faith, and by telling them, "It is necessary to pass through many troubles on our way into the kingdom of God."
Acts 14:23
When they had appointed elders in every church and prayed with fasting, they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
Acts 20:28
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.
Romans 15:14
Now, my brothers, I myself am convinced about you that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another.
Romans 15:29
But I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:7
A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person to produce what is beneficial:
2 Corinthians 7:1
Therefore dear friends, since we have such promises, we should wash ourselves clean from every impurity of the flesh and spirit, making our sanctification complete in the fear of God.
Philippians 1:25
Since I am persuaded of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your advancement and joy in the faith,
Philippians 1:26
so that, because of me, your confidence may grow in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.
Philippians 3:12-18
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Not that I have already reached [the goal] or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus.
13
Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead,
14
I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God's heavenly call in Christ Jesus.
15
Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this to you also.
16
In any case, we should live up to whatever [truth] we have attained.
17
Join in imitating me, brothers, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us.
18
For I have often told you, and now say again with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
Colossians 1:28
We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:11-14
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Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.
12
Now we ask you, brothers, to give recognition to those who labor among you and lead you in the Lord and admonish you,
13
and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
14
And we exhort you, brothers: warn those who are lazy, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
Hebrews 6:1
Therefore, leaving the elementary message about the Messiah, let us go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, faith in God,
Hebrews 13:17
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account, so that they can do this with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
the work
Acts 1:17
For he was one of our number and was allotted a share in this ministry."
Acts 1:25
to take the place in this apostolic service that Judas left to go to his own place."
Acts 20:24
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.
Romans 12:7
if service, in service; if teaching, in teaching;
1 Corinthians 4:1
A person should consider us in this way: as servants of Christ and managers of God's mysteries.
1 Corinthians 4:2
In this regard, it is expected of managers that each one be found faithful.
2 Corinthians 3:8
how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?
2 Corinthians 4:1
Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not give up.
2 Corinthians 5:18
Now everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
2 Corinthians 6:3
We give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will not be blamed.
Colossians 4:17
And tell Archippus, "Pay attention to the ministry you have received in the Lord, so that you can accomplish it."
1 Timothy 1:12
I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry--
2 Timothy 4:5
But as for you, keep a clear head about everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
2 Timothy 4:11
Only Luke is with me. Bring Mark with you, for he is useful to me in the ministry.
the edifying
Ephesians 4:16
From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.
Ephesians 4:29
No rotten talk should come from your mouth, but only what is good for the building up of someone in need, in order to give grace to those who hear.
Romans 14:19
So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.
Romans 15:2
Each one of us must please his neighbor for his good, in order to build him up.
1 Corinthians 14:4
The person who speaks in [another] language builds himself up, but he who prophesies builds up the church.
1 Corinthians 14:5
I wish all of you spoke in other languages, but even more that you prophesied. The person who prophesies is greater than the person who speaks in languages, unless he interprets so that the church may be built up.
1 Corinthians 14:12
So also you-- since you are zealous in matters of the spirit, seek to excel in building up the church.
1 Corinthians 14:14
For if I pray in [another] language, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
1 Corinthians 14:26
How is it then, brothers? Whenever you come together, each one has a psalm, a teaching, a revelation, [another] language, or an interpretation. All things must be done for edification.
2 Corinthians 12:19
You have thought all along that we were defending ourselves to you. [No], in the sight of God we are speaking in Christ, and everything, dear friends, is for building you up.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.
the body
Ephesians 4:4
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope at your calling;
Ephesians 1:23
which is His body, the fullness of the One who fills all things in every way.
Colossians 1:24
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for His body, that is, the church.