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Paul, the Unrelenting Witness (12 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
TEXT: Acts 18:12-28
INTRODUCTION: Last week's lesson was about Paul's visit to the city of Corinth. Upon arriving in Corinth, Paul met two Christians, Aquila and Priscilla, a husband and wife who had recently been driven from Rome by the emperor Claudius. The Bible says that because they were all of the same trade, tentmakers, Paul lived with them for a short time, and provided for his own living.
In (vs. 40), it says Paul "reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks." Of course, anytime you preach the gospel, there is going to be trouble, and this was no exception. In (vs. 6), it says, "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."
In (vv. 9, 10), the Lord appeared to Paul in a vision, encouraging him, and reminding him that He would be with him: "Then spake the Lord 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." The Bible says Paul continued in the city for 18 months, "teaching the Word of God."
Our lesson this evening picks up in (vs. 12), with Paul being brought before Gallio, the Roman governor of Achaia. Achaia was a region in the area of Greece, just above Athens.
Let's consider three things this evening:
I. A Day in Court
II. A Visit to Ephesus
III. A Lesson of Instruction
I. A DAY IN COURT (VV. 12-17)
A. Paul's Accusation (vv. 12, 13)
1. Paul was accused of the same thing he had been
accused of everywhere he went--preaching Christ. The Jews accused him of teaching that which was contrary to the law (the Old Testament Scriptures). In truth, he was teaching exactly what the Old Testame ...
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