Posts from October 2017

Posts from October 2017

October 18, 2017

Acts 19: 1-10   So Paul shows up to meet this guy named Apollos and when he does they all receive the Holy Spirit. 12 guys, living in Asia Minor, all decide to follow Jesus and help Paul as he tries to reach the lost.   These guys spent two years teaching there with Paul. They saw awesome things happen. The entire area knew who they were and more importantly…

October 17, 2017

Acts 18: 24-28   This is such a random but beautifully placed passage. In the middle of Paul’s story, we see this random note about Apollos.   He was not a convert of Paul. He didn’t even know Paul. But Paul’s work made a difference in his life. He was teaching and preaching about John the Baptist still. A few of Paul’s disciples saw him, talked to him…

October 16, 2017

Acts 18:1-17   Paul moved on to Corinth. There he spent a year being reviled. Despised. Hated. And eventually beaten. He did the work God had called him to do. He taught people. He taught others the things Jesus had commanded.   The whole story here is about Paul going on trial, the Jews accusing him, the city’s leaders refusing to hear the case, and…

October 13, 2017

Acts 17:22-34   Sometimes you’re there for just a few.   Paul was in the same city he had been called a simpleton in, teaching the same Jesus they all mocked. He was doing what God called him to do, but this time there was no great revival. This time there was no great change. Some mocked him. Some ignored him. A handful of men and women actually responded.…

October 12, 2017

Acts 17: 16-21   Paul goes into the city here and tries to teach them, but he is met with nothing but cynics. They call him a babbler, or someone who pecks at the truth. They hear his simple message and because it’s not elegant or sophisticated, they think he is dumb.   Sometimes people won’t hear the truth. Not because it is wrong, but simply because…

October 11, 2017

Acts 17:10-15   After the drama in city after city, Paul and Silas meet an amazing group of people. The Bereans are called a more “noble” people than some others they had met and it was because of their love for the scripture.   Instead of getting mad and fighting and complaining and doing like every other synagogue they had entered, these men heard Paul and…

October 10, 2017

Acts 17:1-9   After Paul has this beautiful moment where a man is saved, then his whole family as well, and he cares for Paul and Silas both out of gratitude, the men journey on to Thessalonica. Once there, they do as they had always done and teach, preach, and speak to the Jewish synagogue for 3 weeks. They reason from the scriptures and many hear about it. Jewish…

October 9, 2017

Acts 16:25-40   Paul was in prison. Nothing new here. He had been in trouble in almost every city he went to. It seemed to follow him. What was different about this prison sentence, though, was the natural disaster. The doors were opened, everyone had the chance to run and leave, but Paul decided to stay.   The reason he stayed is amazing. If the guard had lost…

October 6, 2017

Acts 16: 16-24   We see a familiar pattern play out again. Paul and his team have an amazing moment where Jesus truly changes the lives of those around them. An entire household of people is saved, baptized and begins following Jesus because they were willing to listen. They are doing work in the city, teaching about Jesus. They’ve started a church, it is growing.…

October 5, 2017

Acts 16:11-15   Paul felt God pulling him to go to this place so they all do. They make it out there and realize there was no synagogue of Jewish believers. That’s where Paul would normally go when he traveled. He would find a synagogue, tell everyone about Jesus, and work from there. Well, this place had no synagogue so he found the next best thing, a group of…

October 4, 2017

Acts 16:6-10   We like to think that Jesus will give us what we want if it’s a good thing. If our motives are pure, and our heart is in the right place, and we ask sincerely and fervently enough, we’ll get it. We even proof text some Bible verses about God giving us the desires of our heart and answering prayers.   Paul Saw something different here. He…

October 3, 2017

Acts 16: 1- 5   So right after Paul wins a huge victory claiming that no one would ever have to be circumcised again for their faith, he meets a young boy who isn’t circumcised and before they travel to a new city to share the gospel and Paul makes Timothy get circumcised.   That’s right. You read it right. He made poor Timothy go through that. Yet he didn’t do…
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