Thursday, December 6, 2012

Acts 18

Thank you everyone who could make it last night! We had a great time. Keep up the good work.

First in this chapter Paul speaks to the Jews in Corinth. After they reject the message he says, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am clear of my responsibility." (v. 6) He moves on to teaching the word of God to Gentiles. Paul then receives a vision from God telling him to stay in Corinth and to not be silent. Paul stay for a year and a half preaching. Have you ever felt God told you to do something? What happened?

Paul sets sail for Syria. Right before he said he cut off all his hair. This was part of the Nazarite vow which is in Numbers 6:1-21. This willingness to still do unnecessary Jewish traditions shows how Paul wanted to reach out to the Jewish community. He is doing it to create opportunities to present the Gospel. Apollos is a will learned man who knew how to debate and prove the Scriptures. He goes to Achaia and refuted the Jews in public debate. How you ever had to defend your faith? When is it appropriate to engage in a debate or to present the Gospel?

We all have different gifts given from God. What do you sense God has equipped you with to serve?

Are you willing to use that gift?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, " Do not be afraid, but go one speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people." Acts 18:9-10 (esv)

As I was reading today i kept coming back to this verse. It shows us that if we are in God's will with what we are doing that we have no reason to be afraid of anything because he is with us ( Psalms 23)
In this verse He commands Paul to go on speaking and not be silent. Paul was obedient even in his fear. He trusted the Lord that no harm would come to him from speaking the word of the Lord even though many hated him. Even though God was with him the Lord told him that he had many others in the city who were His followers. Sometimes i feel surrounded by people who call themselves Christians but aren't truly Christ followers. With Impact church i now know that i can be encouraged and surrounded by Christ followers who will help me and the "Christians" around me. That's probably how Paul felt. He felt alone but God showed him that there were others who would help him and encourage him.~abby<3

Jackie said...

Well I to liked verses 9-10 too.

I really like everything you said Abby about being surrounded by "Christians"and then going to Impact Church and knowing that we are being surrounded by true Christ followers and knowing that they will be there to help encourage us!

To me when I read these verses I was really encouraged! This is because it says that God is always with us. So why should we worry. No one can hurt us and God will show us the way and put the right people in our life when they need to be there.

Carter Hinkle said...

Did the jews not agree with Paul? Is that why Paul went to the Gentiles?

Anonymous said...

Yes good question Carter! The Jews did not agree with Paul and this prompted Paul to go to the Gentiles.
- joe