Scripture: Acts 18

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READ and STUDY the WORD

In Corinth

Acts 18:1-17 (KJV) After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.  And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers. And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.  And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.  And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean; from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.  And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man’s house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.  And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.  Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: 10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.  11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.  12 And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat, 13 Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.  14 And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you: 15 But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters. 16 And he drave them from the judgment seat.  17 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things. 

Questions and Answers:

1. Who did Paul find in Corinth (Acts 18:1-2)? Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth and found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla.

2. What did Paul do every sabbath (Acts 18:4)? Paul reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

3. To what did Paul testify (Acts 18:5)? Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.

4. Why did Paul say their blood was upon their own head and that he would henceforth go unto the Gentiles (Acts 18:6)? Paul spoke as he did because those to whom he was talking opposed and blasphemed them.

5. What did Paul do next (Acts 18:7)? Paul departed from them and entered into a certain man’s house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue. 

6. Who believed on the Lord (Acts 18:8)? Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.

7. Who spoke to Paul during the night and what was said (Acts 18:9-10)? The Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.” 

8. How long did Paul stay and what did he do (Acts 18:11)? Paul continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. 

9. Of what did the Jews accuse Paul (Acts 18:12-13)? The Jews made a united attack against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat.  They said he was persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law.  

10. What did Gallio, the proconsul of Achaia, say and do (Acts 18:14-16)? Gallio said if the Jews were making a complaint about some misdemeanor or serious crime, it would be reasonable for him to listen to them.  But since it involved questions about words and names and their own law they would have to settle the matter themselves. He said he wouldn’t judge such things. And then he ejected them from the court.

11. How did the Greeks respond (Acts 18:17)? Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things. 

Priscilla, Aquila And Apollos

Acts 18:18-22 (KJV) 18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.  19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.  20 When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not; 21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.  22 And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch.

Questions and Answers:

1. After tarrying a good while, who did Paul take and to where did they sail (Acts 18:18)? After tarrying a good while, Paul, Priscilla and Aquila sailed into Syria.

2. Where did Paul leave Priscilla and Aquila and where did Paul go (Acts 18:19)? Paul left Priscilla and Aquila in Ephesus. Paul himself entered into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.

3. What did the Jews want Paul to do and what did he do and why (Acts 18:20-21)? The Jews desired that Paul stay longer.  But he said he had to keep the feast in Jerusalem. He said he would return, if God allowed.  

Third Missionary Journey

Acts 18:23-28 (KJV) 23 And after he had spent some time there (Antioch), he departed, and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.  24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.  25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.  26  And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.  27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: 28 For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul do over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia (Acts 18:23)? Paul went all over the country of Galatia and Phrygia strengthening all the disciples.

2. Describe the man who came to Ephesus (Acts 18:24-25)? Apollos was a Jew, born at Alexandria.  He was an eloquent man and mighty in the scripture.  He instructed others in the way of the Lord.  He was fervent in the spirit and he spoke and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.

3. When Apollos began speaking boldly in the synagogue what did Aquila and Priscilla do (Acts 18:26)? And Apollos began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. 

4. What was Apollos’ experience concerning Achaia (Acts 18:27-28)? When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him.  On arriving, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.  For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, proved by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

HEAR the WORD

Acts 18:25-26 25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.  26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the verses above.  Why do you believe Aquila and Priscilla thought it was necessary to take Apollos aside and speak to Him?  My Bible notes: Apollos had heard only what John the Baptist had said about Jesus, so his message was not the complete story.  John focused on repentance from sin, the first step.  But the whole message is to repent from sin and then believe in Christ.   Apollos did not know about Jesus’ life, crucifixion, and resurrection.  Nor did he know about the coming of the Holy Spirit. Priscilla and Aquila explained the way of salvation to him.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Acts 18:21 But as Paul left, he promised, “I will come back if it is God’s will.” …

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Are we living our life as Paul did?  Not making promises we cannot keep?  And making only promises that line up with God’s will?

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We need to keep our promises and teach others to do the same.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will separate ourselves from those who oppose You and abuse us because we follow You (Acts 18:6).  Lord, I pray we will reach out to those to whom You guide us (Acts 18:6).  Lord, I pray we will not be afraid but will faithfully speak of You (Acts 18:9).  Lord, I pray we will not make promises we cannot keep (Acts 18:21).  Lord, I pray with our example and our words we will strengthen other believers (Acts 18:23).  Lord, thank You for giving me preachers, teachers and other believers to help me hear and live out Your Word (Acts 18:26).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I not make promises we cannot keep.” <>< Dona