ACTS #43: The Journey
Passage: Acts 18:23–19:10,
23 After spending some time there, he departed and went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. 24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 27 And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, 28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.
Acts 18:23-28 (ESV)
GOD WILL BUILD HIS KINGDOM AND IT IS CENTERED IN JESUS.
the KINGDOM WILL REQUIRE THE EFFORTS OF MORE THAN ANY ONE INDIVIDUAL CHRIST-FOLLOWER, CHURCH OR GROUP OF CHURCHES.
1 And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. 2 And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. 7 There were about twelve men in all. 8 And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. 9 But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. 10 This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.
Acts 19:1-10 (ESV)
THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE SPIRIT OF JESUS WILL EMPOWER GOD’S PEOPLE TO ACCOMPLISH HIS WILL.
See Matthew 3:11, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 14:16-17, John 15:26 and John 16:7-15.
THE BUILDING OF THE KINGDOM WILL BE A PROCESS – A JOURNEY AND THAT IS OK.
WE NEED TO TEACH EACH OTHER, BE PATIENT WITH EACH OTHER AND RESPECT EACH OTHER.
WE NEED TO EXAMINE FAITH TO MAKE SURE IT IS IN JESUS.