if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith, and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. [This gospel] has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a minister of it.
He has remembered His love and faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen our God's victory.
This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Then He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.
But I ask, "Did they not hear?" Yes, they did: Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the inhabited world.
by the power of miraculous signs and wonders, and by the power of God's Spirit. As a result, I have fully proclaimed the good news about the Messiah from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum.
but now revealed and made known through the prophetic Scriptures, according to the command of the eternal God, to advance the obedience of faith among all nations--
For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we had not reached you, since we have come to you with the gospel of Christ.
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.
Still others fell on good ground and produced a crop that increased 30, 60, and 100 times [what was sown]."
"The kingdom of God is like this," He said. "A man scatters seed on the ground;
he sleeps and rises-- night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows-- he doesn't know how.
The soil produces a crop by itself-- first the blade, then the head, and then the ripe grain on the head.
But as soon as the crop is ready, he sends for the sickle, because harvest has come."
You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.
Then God's message flourished and multiplied.
Now I want you to know, brothers, that I often planned to come to you (but was prevented until now) in order that I might have a fruitful ministry among you, just as among the rest of the Gentiles.
So when I have finished this and safely delivered the funds to them, I will go by way of you to Spain.
for the fruit of the light [results] in all goodness, righteousness, and truth--
filled with the fruit of righteousness that [comes] through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that is increasing to your account.
So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.
Your people will volunteer on Your day of battle. In holy splendor, from the womb of the dawn, the dew of Your youth belongs to You.
When they heard this they became silent. Then they glorified God, saying, "So God has granted repentance resulting in life to even the Gentiles!"
A woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God, was listening. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was spoken by Paul.
to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'
But by God's grace I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not ineffective. However, I worked more than any of them, yet not I, but God's grace that was with me.
Therefore, whether it is I or they, so we preach and so you have believed.
Working together with Him, we also appeal to you: "Don't receive God's grace in vain."
you have heard, haven't you, about the administration of God's grace that He gave to me for you?
you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds;
For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, in the Holy Spirit, and with much assurance. You know what kind of men we were among you for your benefit,
Also, this is why we constantly thank God, because when you received the message about God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, the message of God, which also works effectively in you believers.
But we must always thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God has chosen you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
For the grace of God has appeared, with salvation for all people,
instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age,
according to the foreknowledge of God the Father and set apart by the Spirit for obedience and [for the] sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ. May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
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,
Through Silvanus, whom I consider a faithful brother, I have written briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Take your stand in it!
But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him.