100 Bible Verses about Building New Church

Ephesians 2:21-22 ESV / 163 helpful votes

In whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

1 Peter 2:5 ESV / 159 helpful votes

You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Psalm 127:1 ESV / 152 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

Matthew 16:18 ESV / 135 helpful votes

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

2 Samuel 7:5-7 ESV / 134 helpful votes

“Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’

Haggai 2:9 ESV / 129 helpful votes

The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts.’”

Isaiah 66:1-2 ESV / 101 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.

2 Samuel 7:1-13 ESV / 92 helpful votes

Now when the king lived in his house and the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.” But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in? ...

John 4:23 ESV / 88 helpful votes

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.

Nehemiah 2:20 ESV / 85 helpful votes

Then I replied to them, “The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build, but you have no portion or right or claim in Jerusalem.”

Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV / 79 helpful votes

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

James 3:1-18 ESV / 77 helpful votes

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! ...

1 Timothy 3:15 ESV / 76 helpful votes

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.

2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV / 75 helpful votes

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 ESV / 73 helpful votes

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.

John 4:24 ESV / 71 helpful votes

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Psalm 33:12 ESV / 71 helpful votes

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

1 Corinthians 14:26 ESV / 70 helpful votes

What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.

Acts 4:32-33 ESV / 68 helpful votes

Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.

Matthew 18:20 ESV / 65 helpful votes

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

Acts 20:28 ESV / 62 helpful votes

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.

Ephesians 2:19-22 ESV / 56 helpful votes

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

Hebrews 10:25 ESV / 55 helpful votes

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Haggai 1:1-15 ESV / 54 helpful votes

In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest: “Thus says the Lord of hosts: These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the Lord.” Then the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins? Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. ...

Acts 2:42-47 ESV / 53 helpful votes

And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, ...

Mark 6:7-13 ESV / 52 helpful votes

And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” ...

1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV / 50 helpful votes

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 49 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

1 John 1:7 ESV / 45 helpful votes

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Ephesians 4:12 ESV / 45 helpful votes

To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 45 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

1 Corinthians 3:11 ESV / 43 helpful votes

For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Acts 12:5 ESV / 43 helpful votes

So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.

Romans 16:17 ESV / 42 helpful votes

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.

Mark 16:15 ESV / 42 helpful votes

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 41 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Haggai 1:8 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the Lord.

Psalm 139:1 ESV / 40 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me!

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 40 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will 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. ...

Romans 15:2 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 37 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...

1 Peter 2:4-5 ESV / 35 helpful votes

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Matthew 7:24-27 ESV / 35 helpful votes

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 35 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

Haggai 1:4 ESV / 34 helpful votes

“Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?

2 Corinthians 6:16 ESV / 33 helpful votes

What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Acts 2:42 ESV / 33 helpful votes

And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 32 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Ephesians 1:22 ESV / 31 helpful votes

And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,

1 Corinthians 3:9 ESV / 31 helpful votes

For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 30 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 30 helpful votes

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Philippians 4:6 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 30 helpful votes

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Acts 2:47 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Ephesians 4:16 ESV / 27 helpful votes

From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Joshua 24:15 ESV / 27 helpful votes

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Philippians 1:6 ESV / 26 helpful votes

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 4:2 ESV / 26 helpful votes

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Psalm 139:1-24 ESV / 26 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. ...

Psalm 23:4 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

1 Peter 3:8 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.

Colossians 3:14 ESV / 25 helpful votes

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 25 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Ephesians 2:20 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,

1 Corinthians 3:11-15 ESV / 25 helpful votes

For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

Galatians 2:20 ESV / 24 helpful votes

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

1 Corinthians 2:9 ESV / 23 helpful votes

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—

Romans 8:31 ESV / 23 helpful votes

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Proverbs 27:17 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Joshua 1:9 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Ephesians 4:10 ESV / 21 helpful votes

He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)

John 14:6 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Romans 14:23 ESV / 20 helpful votes

But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

Colossians 2:1-23 ESV / 19 helpful votes

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. ...

Haggai 2:3 ESV / 19 helpful votes

‘Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How do you see it now? Is it not as nothing in your eyes?

Exodus 25:1-9 ESV / 18 helpful votes

The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me. And this is the contribution that you shall receive from them: gold, silver, and bronze, blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, goats' hair, tanned rams' skins, goatskins, acacia wood, ...

1 Peter 2:9-10 ESV / 17 helpful votes

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Ephesians 4:11-13 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

Proverbs 3:6 ESV / 17 helpful votes

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Micah 6:8 ESV / 16 helpful votes

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Acts 4:32 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.

2 Samuel 7:2 ESV / 15 helpful votes

The king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.”

Genesis 1:1 ESV / 15 helpful votes

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Ephesians 4:14 ESV / 14 helpful votes

So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

Acts 7:48 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says,

Luke 12:16 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully,

Revelation 5:9 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,

Ephesians 4:11 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,

Mark 6:11 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.”

Psalm 139:12 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.

Colossians 4:15 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.

Matthew 22:37 ESV / 11 helpful votes

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Job 31:32 ESV / 11 helpful votes

(the sojourner has not lodged in the street; I have opened my doors to the traveler),

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