Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the synagogue leaders sent word to them: "Brothers, if you have a word of encouragement for the people, please speak."
Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
After traveling through that area and speaking many words of encouragement, he arrived in Greece,
1 Corinthians 14:3
But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification, encouragement, and comfort.
1 Thessalonians 2:3
For our appeal does not arise from deceit or ulterior motives or trickery.
1 Timothy 4:13
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, and to teaching.
Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
I urge you, brothers, to bear with my word of exhortation, for I have only written you briefly.
Share with the saints who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Deuteronomy 15:8-11, 14
Instead, you are to open your hand to him and freely loan him whatever he needs. . . .
If I have denied the desires of the poor or allowed the widow's eyes to fail, . . .
He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever. His horn will be lifted high in honor.
A generous man will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
Ecclesiastes 11:1, 2, 6
Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. . . .
Isaiah 32:5, 8
No longer will a fool be called noble, nor a scoundrel said to be important. . . .
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, to bring the poor and homeless into your home, to clothe the naked when you see him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? . . .
So when you give to the needy, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be praised by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their reward. . . .
And the King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.'
Then Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, . . .
All the believers were together and had everything in common. . . .
With great power, the apostles continued to give their testimony about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And abundant grace was upon them all. . . .
One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted through the Spirit that a great famine would sweep across the entire Roman world. (This happened under Claudius.) . . .
2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 12
Now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace God has given the churches of Macedonia. . . .
1 Thessalonians 2:8
We cared so deeply that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our own lives as well. That is how beloved you have become to us.
1 Peter 4:9-11
Show hospitality to one another without complaining. . . .
2 Corinthians 1:12
And this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in relation to you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God--not in worldly wisdom, but in the grace of God.
2 Corinthians 8:2
In the terrible ordeal they suffered, their abundant joy and deep poverty overflowed into rich generosity.
2 Corinthians 11:3
I am afraid, however, that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may be led astray from your simple and pure devotion to Christ.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear and sincerity of heart, just as you would show to Christ.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything, not only to please them while they are watching, but with sincerity of heart and fear of the Lord.
This is also why you pay taxes. For the authorities are God's servants, who devote themselves to their work.
For I have chosen him, so that he will command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, in order that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has promised."
I will sing of Your loving devotion and justice; to You, O LORD, I will sing praise. . . .
When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was astonished at the teaching about the Lord.
Keep watch over yourselves and the entire flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood.
1 Corinthians 12:28
And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, and those with gifts of healing, helping, administration, and various tongues.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-14
But we ask you, brothers, to acknowledge those who work diligently among you, who preside over you in the Lord and give you instruction. . . .
1 Timothy 3:4, 5
An overseer must manage his own household well and keep his children under control, with complete dignity. . . .
1 Timothy 5:17
Elders who lead effectively are worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.
Hebrews 13:7, 17, 24
Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. . . .
1 Peter 5:2, 3
Be shepherds of God's flock that is among you, watching over them not out of compulsion, but because it is God's will; not out of greed, but out of eagerness; . . .
Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might, for in Sheol, where you are going, there is no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.
Deuteronomy 16:11, 14, 15
and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God in the place where He will choose as a dwelling for His Name--you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, and the Levite within your gates, as well as the foreigner, the fatherless, and the widows among you. . . .
The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous are gracious and giving.
You welcome those who gladly do right, who remember Your ways. Surely You were angry, for we sinned. How can we be saved if we remain in our sins?
2 Corinthians 9:7
Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not out of regret or compulsion. For God loves a cheerful giver.