72 References to the Church in the New Testament

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  • ESV Matthew 18:17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
  • ESV Acts 9:31 ¶ So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.
  • ESV Acts 11:22 The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
  • ESV Acts 11:26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.
  • ESV Acts 12:1 ¶ About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church.
  • ESV Acts 12:5 So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.
  • ESV Acts 15:3 So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers.
  • ESV Acts 15:4 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them.
  • ESV Acts 15:22 ¶ Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brothers,
  • ESV Acts 15:41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
  • ESV Acts 16:5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.
  • ESV Acts 20:17 ¶ Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him.
  • ESV Romans 16:1 ¶ I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae,
  • ESV Romans 16:4 who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well.
  • ESV Romans 16:16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
  • ESV Romans 16:23 ¶ Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you.
  • ESV 1 Corinthians 1:2 ¶ To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
  • ESV 1 Corinthians 4:17 That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.
  • ESV 1 Corinthians 6:4 So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church?
  • ESV 1 Corinthians 10:32 Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God,
  • ESV 1 Corinthians 11:16 If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.
  • ESV 1 Corinthians 11:18 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part,
  • ESV 1 Corinthians 11:22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.
  • ESV 1 Corinthians 12:28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.
  • ESV 1 Corinthians 14:5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.
  • ESV 1 Corinthians 14:12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.
  • ESV 1 Corinthians 14:19 Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
  • ESV 1 Corinthians 14:23 If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds?
  • ESV 1 Corinthians 14:28 But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God.
  • ESV 1 Corinthians 14:35 If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
  • ESV 1 Corinthians 16:19 ¶ The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord.
  • ESV 2 Corinthians 1:1 ¶ Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia:
  • ESV 2 Corinthians 8:18 With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel.
  • ESV 2 Corinthians 8:19 And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will.
  • ESV 2 Corinthians 8:23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ.
  • ESV 2 Corinthians 8:24 So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men.
  • ESV 2 Corinthians 11:8 I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you.
  • ESV 2 Corinthians 11:28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.
  • ESV 2 Corinthians 12:13 For in what were you less favored than the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong!
  • ESV Ephesians 1:22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,
  • ESV Ephesians 3:10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
  • ESV Ephesians 3:21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
  • ESV Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
  • ESV Ephesians 5:24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
  • ESV Philippians 4:15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only.
  • ESV Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
  • ESV Colossians 1:24 ¶ Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,
  • ESV Colossians 4:16 And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea.
  • ESV 1 Thessalonians 1:1 ¶ Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.
  • ESV 1 Thessalonians 2:14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews,
  • ESV 2 Thessalonians 1:1 ¶ Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
  • ESV 1 Timothy 3:5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?
  • ESV 1 Timothy 3:15 if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.
  • ESV 1 Timothy 5:16 If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.
  • ESV Philemon 1:2 and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house:
  • NIV Hebrews 12:23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect,
  • ESV James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
  • ESV 3 John 1:6 who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God.
  • ESV 3 John 1:9 I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.
  • ESV 3 John 1:10 So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.
  • ESV Revelation 1:20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
  • ESV Revelation 2:1 ¶ “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.
  • ESV Revelation 2:8 ¶ “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.
  • ESV Revelation 2:12 ¶ “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.
  • ESV Revelation 2:18 ¶ “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.
  • ESV Revelation 2:23 and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.
  • ESV Revelation 3:1 ¶ “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “ ‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
  • ESV Revelation 3:7 ¶ “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.
  • ESV Revelation 3:14 ¶ “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.