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Friday, April 20, 2007

MY STUDY NOTES - Chapter 24, To Live Is Christ

Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus.

He was a learned man with a knowledge of the Scriptures.

He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, And he spoke with great

fervor, and taught about Jesus accurately,

though he knew only the baptism of John.

Acts 18:24-25

My study notes, Chapter 24, TO LIVE IS CHRIST

ACTS 18: 24-28

Paul completed his long stay in Corinth and journeyed to Syria, accompanied by Pricilla and Aquilla.

He returned to the synagogue in Ephesus, where the Jews asked him to spend more time with them. He did not stay but journeyed on to Antioch leaving Pricilla and Aquilla behind.

Even though Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles seemed to be more effective, he always returned to the Jew in almost every city he visited.

Why? Paul answers this question in Romans 9: 2-5

He wanted his fellow Jews to know Christ.

When he was so favorably received in Ephesus, he could have remained to be with the receptive Jews, but as the Holy Spirit was his guide, he had to say no, and journey on.

We all have a hard time saying no.just as Paul probably did. He stayed focused on the priorities that were set before him by God. We can learn a lesson from Paul by this –- although there may be a need, it does not mean that God has chosen us to meet that need.

We must trust God when he is leading us away from something contrary to what we may want to do.

Because there was a Jew named Apollos in Ephesus, God did not want Paul to remain there. The way was left open to Apollos who was a powerful and passionate preacher.

When we cannot say no, even when God does not give us approval we are open to repercussions

We don’t do a good job and we don’t leave an opening for God’s chosen person to fill.

Apollos initially only knew part of the Gospel.. Prisilla and Aquilla were quick to instruct him. This new found knowledge was preached just as Paul would have but with Apollos’ own special style.

We tend to compare Christian leaders and churches. Each usually has it’s own group of followers. God uses these many methods and styles to equip His church to be effective and holy in difficult days.

We should value each of their contributions. Just as Apollos and Paul were different, but effective.

There really is only one LORD of all !

‘On Ya’ - ma

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