ACTS 18

4 Outlines

Acts 18:1-18

GOD'S MAN IN CORINTH

 

Paul was an ambassador for the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20)

As God's ambassador, one of the ministries he had was in Corinth.

We see that he was:

 

PRESSED BY GOD Vss. 1-6

Verse 5 says that Paul was "pressed in the Spirit."

When Silas and Timothy arrived in Corinth Paul was constrained to minister to the words of God and witnessed on a greater scale to the Jews.  The Jews rejected the message, and Paul moved on to minister to the Gentiles.

 

ENCOURAGED BY GOD Vss. 7-11

Paul moved next door, and the head of the synagogue was saved.

The Lord encouraged Paul in a night vision. He had four words of encouragement.

1. "Do not be afraid." Vs. 9

2. "Do not be silent." Vs. 9

3. "I am with you and will protect you." Vs. 10

4. "I have many people in this city." Vs. 10

 

PROTECTED BY GOD Vss. 12-18

God promised protection for Paul.

God kept His promise, as He always does.

 

 

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Acts 18:2-3 etc.

AQUILA AND PRISCILLA - LOVE PARTNERS IN MINISTRY

 

THEY WERE IN HARMONY - Acts 18:2-3, 18, 26, Romans 16:3-5, 1 Corinthians 16:19, 2 Corinthians 4:19

They are mentioned in six different verses of the Bible and always together.

They evidently took the idea of being "one flesh" seriously, and worked closely together (Genesis 2:24). It is interesting however that Priscilla, called Prisca by Paul, is mentioned first four out of six times.  Perhaps she was the more out going or dominant of the two.

There are couples who work well together.  Theirs is a teamwork approach to ministry.

 

THEY WERE HOSPITABLE

They housed Paul - Acts 18:2-3

They received Apollos - Acts 18:26

At least two churches met in their homes. Romans 16:5, 1 Corinthians 16:19

 

THEY WERE HELPFUL

They helped and protected Paul - Romans 16:3-4

They instructed Apollos - Acts 18:24-26

They probably helped to nourish two churches - Romans 16:5, 1 Corinthians 16:19

 

 

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Acts 18:24-28

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

 

The expression "Diamond in the rough" refers to a person who has much potential, but it has not yet been developed. Some folks with great potential never develop, while others do. Apollos was one who did.

 

POTENTIAL GREATNESS - Vss. 24-26A

Apollos was preaching effectively. He had the potential to be greatly used. The trouble was that Apollos didn't know the whole story. He only knew about the Baptist of John, which was a Baptism of repentance. He didn't to know the full story about the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

PERFECTED UNDERSTANDING - Vs. 26

Acquila and Priscilla took Apollos aside and trained him in the things of God.

This is what we need to do for those who have undeveloped potential. We are to train them!

 

POWERFUL MINISTRY - Vss. 27-28

Apollos went on to be a great preacher for the Lord.

 

 

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Acts 18:24-28

USEABLE!

 

Probably the biggest insult you can give to a person is to say that he or she is "useless".  No Christian is useless!  He or she is a child of God (John 1:12) and God has plans for each Christian's life (Ephesians 2:10). Instead of being useless, Christians are to be useable. They should be used of God to promote God's work and Word.

One such useable person was Apollos

 

HE WAS TALENTED Vss. 24-25

"an eloquent man"

"Spoke and taught diligently the things of the Lord"

 

HE WAS TRAINED - Vs. 25

"Mighty in the Scriptures"

"Instructed in the way of the Lord."

 

HE WAS TEACHABLE - Vs. 26

Apollos did not know all the information about Christ.

His knowledge extended only to John's Baptism.

He allowed Aquilla and Priscilla to instruct him further.

 

HE WAS TRUSTWORTHY.- Vss. 27-28

He "helped them much which had believed through grace."

"For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, showing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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