ACTS 19:1 &2

by Jerry Vines

Acts 19:11-41
Dr. Vines 4/5/87
As far as we are able to tell Paul stayed in the city of Ephesus longer
than any place in all of his missionary journeys and evangelistic tours. We
learn in the 20th chapter of the book of Acts that for three years Paul stayeU
in Ephesus and preached the Gospel to the people there. Tnis w as not the
normal pattern of Paul. For instance, in the city of Thessalonica he Stayed
there probably less than a month, less than four Sundays, preaching the gospel1
of Jesus. But the work was so tremendously important and the challenges were
so great in Ephesus that Paul spent three entire years in Ephesus preac!'ing
the gospel of the Lord. Paul tells us about that ministry and the reason he
stayed over in I Cor. 16:8 & 9. Those verse tell us why Paul stayed as loin as
he did in the city of Ephesus:
"But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great door
and effectual is opened unto me and there are many adversaries."
Paul says I'm going to stay at Ephesus a little longer, I have a tremendous
opportunity to preach the gospel in that city. We know that God does open
doors lMiany times lie gives us unusual opportunities. In the book of the
Revelation, the risen Lord Jesus says to the church at Philippi, "I have set
before you an open door and no man is able to shut it." God gives open doors
of opportunity for people to tell others about the Lord Jesus Christ. I think
that verse could very well be applied to the work that God has given to us
here. An open door in the city of Jacksonville. Tremendous opportunities to
tell people about the lovely Lord Jesus Christ. Using what Paul says in that
verse in Cor. as a basis I want us to just gatlher together Paul's ministry in
the city of Ephesus. First of all, I want to talk about Paul's -
1. Opportunity.
A great door, said Paul, is open unto me. There was indeed a great
opportunity in the eity of Ephesus. Ephesus was one of the grea ...

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