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July 11, 2018

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Reading along with us in Acts? Here’s today’s reading:

Acts 18 (ESV)

After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 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,and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.

When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. 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.” 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 .....Continue Reading

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  1. 9And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.”

  2. The thing that jumps out at me in this chapter are the ways we are encouraged in the Christian life and more specifically Christian service. The first is the encouragement that comes from co-laborers. Aquila and Priscilla will become very significant in the ministry of Paul and here we have their introduction. There is great affirmation that comes from like minded people who share the same convictions about faith and ministry.

    The next is encouragement that comes from God Himself. Here we have a direct communication which is God’s prerogative and something that would be a great encouragement to Paul. Keep on doing what you are doing God says. I see it and it is good independent of how people are responding to it. Don’t give into fear because I am with you. Beyond direct communication, I would add to this the encouragement we bring to our own hearts based on the truth of Scripture. It is still based in God’s communication to us and His truth and promises are given in order to strengthen our faith and our ability to persevere.

    The next encouragement is to see that God is working beyond the work that God is doing in your life. That is what Apollos represents to me. Here is this learned, gifted individual that God raised up independent of the work of Paul. Sometimes when we are doing the work of God, we can start thinking we and the ones who are with us are the only ones getting it done. Then God reveals that He has been working to raise up others to do the same work, and He doesn’t necessarily need your help and certainly doesn’t need your permission. It is all to His glory because He is the only one worthy!

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