This they did, sending it to the elders by means of Barnabas and Saul.
When they had appointed elders in every church and prayed with fasting, they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church, the apostles, and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them.
Then the apostles and the elders assembled to consider this matter.
Then the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, decided to select men from among them and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas: Judas, called Barsabbas, and Silas, both leading men among the brothers.
They wrote this letter to be delivered by them: From the apostles and the elders, your brothers, To the brothers from among the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings.
Now from Miletus, he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church.
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.
The following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.
Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers,
Don't accept an accusation against an elder unless it is supported by two or three witnesses.
The reason I left you in Crete was to set right what was left undone and, as I directed you, to appoint elders in every town:
I appeal, instead, on the basis of love. I, Paul, as an elderly man and now also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus,
The Elder: To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth-- and not only I, but also all who have come to know the truth--
The Elder: To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in truth.
It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you concerning things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Angels desire to look into these things.
You are witnesses of these things.
"When the Counselor comes, the One I will send to you from the Father-- the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father-- He will testify about Me.
You also will testify, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
beginning from the baptism of John until the day He was taken up from us-- from among these, it is necessary that one become a witness with us of His resurrection."
"God has resurrected this Jesus. We are all witnesses of this.
And you killed the source of life, whom God raised from the dead; we are witnesses of this.
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had murdered by hanging Him on a tree.
God exalted this man to His right hand as ruler and Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him."
We ourselves are witnesses of everything He did in both the Judean country and in Jerusalem; yet they killed Him by hanging Him on a tree.
God raised up this man on the third day and permitted Him to be seen,
not by all the people, but by us, witnesses appointed beforehand by God, who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead.
And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
who are being protected by God's power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
You guide me with Your counsel, and afterwards You will take me up in glory.
Whom do I have in heaven but You? And I desire nothing on earth but You.
and if children, also heirs-- heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ-- seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.
For we know that if our earthly house, a tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
yet we are confident and satisfied to be out of the body and at home with the Lord.
because I know this will lead to my deliverance through your prayers and help from the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
For me, living is Christ and dying is gain.
Now if I live on in the flesh, this means fruitful work for me; and I don't know which one I should choose.
I am pressured by both. I have the desire to depart and be with Christ-- which is far better--
For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God.
When the Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
In the future, there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me, but to all those who have loved His appearing.
Dear friends, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him as He is.
I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation, kingdom, and perseverance in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of God's word and the testimony about Jesus.