While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”
“John’s baptism,” they replied.
4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues j and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.
8 Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. 9 But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
Living God’s Word: Paul and the rest of the early church were on a mission from God. They did not exist solely to have meetings or programs. They had Good News, and good news is for telling. It was so good that it was even worth going elsewhere to spread. It was worth telling even in the face of opposition (19:9). Does your church have that same sense of mission? Mediocrity says, “Let’s just content ourselves with where and what we are. Let’s just gather in our small groups and in our church building on Sunday mornings and have church. We’ll care for each other and sponsor a few assorted programs.” Be careful that you don’t get so involved and absorbed in lots of good church activities that you forget about the best task of all—reaching out with the life-changing news of Christ.
Words to Live By: Paul arrives at Ephesus and begins a very productive period of his ministry. Apart from Christ, there is no salvation. The Word of God clearly shows that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of God’s promises of eternal salvation for all. Through Holy Baptism, He consecrates us as His beloved people.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us always to believe in You for eternal life. Help us also to share Your Good News. Amen.
Living and Sharing the Word of God… because it matters!
Pastor Rod Lindemann
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The Holy Bible: New International Version. (2011). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan
Words to Live by and Prayer: Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible (2002). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House. Purchase a copy of The Lutheran Study Bible at www.cph.org or contact Rod Lindemann.
Living God’s Word: Adapted from Life Application, Barton, B. B. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.