Today is Monday, October 30th, 2017. In today's passage we pick up on Paul's second missionary journey in Corinth. Here we find Paul finding new friends, new accusations and navigating the complexities of the world he finds himself in. I hope and pray you had a restful weekend and your morning is off to a good start- let's continue to pray for the Lord to make His grace and love known to our friends and family- may our eyes be opened to all God has in store for us today!
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_Have you ever felt sent by God and he provided friends for encouragement along the way?
Take some time to... Praise God for who He is, to confess your sin, to thank God for His grace and the gifts he has given you. Finally pray for the people of our city and neighborhoods- that they might become spiritually hungry.
DISCOVER [Acts 18:1-23]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them, 3 and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. 4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks. 5 When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. 6 And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” 7 And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. 8 Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. 9 And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10 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.” 11 And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
_ Who does Paul meet in vs. 1-3
_ Where does Paul begin ministering in vs. 4-5?
_ What happens when the Jews oppose Paul, where does he go and what is the result in vs. 6-11?
12 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal, 13 saying, “This man is persuading people to worship God contrary to the law.” 14 But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or vicious crime, O Jews, I would have reason to accept your complaint. 15 But since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves. I refuse to be a judge of these things.” 16 And he drove them from the tribunal. 17 And they all seized Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to any of this. 18 After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of the brothers and set sail for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow. 19 And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there, but he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined. 21 But on taking leave of them he said, “I will return to you if God wills,” and he set sail from Ephesus. 22 When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and then went down to Antioch. 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.
_ What happens when the Jews attempt to make an attack on Paul before the tribunal in vs. 12-17? What doe they do to the leader of the synagogue?
_ What do we find Paul doing in vs. 18-23? What sticks out to you? Did you notice anyone who is now joining him?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to live it out this week? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Who does the Lord have you befriending through work to share Jesus with (think Pricilla and Aquilla)?
_ In this passage we find Paul on the move- where is there movement in your life?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?