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The Seven Sons of Sceva (14 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
TEXT: Acts 19:8-22
INTRODUCTION: Last week, we looked at the first seven verses, dealing with Paul's discussion concerning John's baptism. Upon his return to Ephesus, he met twelve Christians ("disciples") who had not yet heard of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They understood only the baptism of John and the promise of a coming Messiah. Once Paul explained the significance of the Holy Spirit, they were all baptized in the name of Jesus, receiving the Holy Spirit (vv. 4-7).
Beginning in (vs. 8), Paul enters a synagogue in Ephesus and begins to preach and teach the gospel. Let's pick up our story with two points:
I. Preaching the Word
II. Attracting the Worst
I. PREACHING THE WORD (VV. 8, 9)
A. Preaching in the Synagogue at Ephesus (vv. 8, 9a)
1. Following his experience with the 12 disciples,
Paul enters a synagogue and begins to preach and teach the things concerning the kingdom.
The Bible says, "He spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God." One thing you can say about Paul; he was persistent in what he did. He had been called by God to perform a certain task, and this is what he did. I believe persistence and consistency are honoring to God, don't you? I believe we have too many people today who are running on low octane--they don't have enough fire in their tank to keep them going. I think we ought to be fired up about when it comes to serving God.
a. God may not have called everyone to be an
Apostle Paul, but God has called every one of us to be faithful, like Paul. I want to one day hear Jesus say, "Well done thy good and faithful servant." And listen, we do not have to have the spotlight in order to be faithful. You may not be a Sunday school teacher, but you can be faithful to Sunday school. If a teacher had no students, his job wouldn't ...
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