2:42 They devoted
themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the
breaking of bread and the prayers.
Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being
done by the apostles.
All who believed were together and had all things in common;
they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the
proceeds to all, as any had need.
Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they
broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous
praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by
day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
23:1 The LORD is my
shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still
he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for
you are with me; your rod and your staff-- they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you
anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.
2:19 For it is a credit
to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering
If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is
that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you
have God's approval.
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for
you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his
"He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his
When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he
did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges
He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free
from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have
For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to
the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
10:1 Very truly, I tell
you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but
climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit.
The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his
voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and
the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him
because they do not know the voice of strangers."
Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not
understand what he was saying to them.
So again Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, I am
the gate for the sheep.
All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did
not listen to them.
I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come
in and go out and find pasture.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that
they may have life, and have it abundantly."