I heard of a Christian who used the open window method in seeking God’s will. He put his Bible by a window and (whew) the pages blew and he put his finger on the verse. It pointed to the verse, “Judas went and hanged himself.” Not a very good life verse, and he … More
After eighteen months of ministry Paul decided that it was time for him to return to his sending church in Antioch. His friends Aquila and Priscilla went with him as far as Ephesus, where they took up residence. The chief pride of Ephesus was the temple of Diana, which was famed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was 425 feet long, by 220 feet wide, by 60 feet high. There were 127 pillars, each being the gift of a king. Life in Ephesus revolved around the Greek traders who made their home there, and around those engaged in the idolatrous worship and magical art connected with the temple.
From Ephesus Paul went to Caesarea (the seaport of Corinth). Here Paul for some reason made a Nazarite vow and had his head shaved (v. 18). We cannot be sure why he did this because we are not really told. Some Bible scholars think that Paul was definitely out of the will of the Lord in doing this. They maintain that the taking of this vow was really the beginning of the end for Paul.” They go on to say that because of this vow that he took he would ultimately get caught in Jerusalem in a place where he should not have been. Soon he was arrested and was never a free man as long as he lived. Of course this is just the opinion of these particular Bible scholars.
From Caesarea Paul went up to Jerusalem, arriving there in time for the feast of the Passover, and greeted the believers (v. 22). From Jerusalem he went back to Antioch where he reported to his home church all that God had done on his second missionary journey. Even Paul, the great missionary, needed some time to relax and be refreshed, and he did this as he went back to Antioch (v. 22). It was not long before he launched out on his third missionary journey.
It’s not what we do for God that counts. It is what we let Him do through us. So many times I find myself saying, “Lord I’ll never do that again!” and yet I do it. I can never have victory in my own power. Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of the brothers and set sail for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow. And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there, but he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined. But on taking leave of them he said, "I will return to you if God wills," and he set sail from Ephesus. When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and then went down to Antioch. After spending some time there, he departed and went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.
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Acts 15:1-5Jerusalem Council–Divisions Re: Circumcision
Acts 15:6-11Jerusalem Council–Discussion Re: Moses’ Law
Acts 15:12-18Jerusalem Council–Decisions Based on God’s Word
Acts 15:19-29Jerusalem Council–Decisions for Unity
Acts 15:30-41Paul and Barnabas Disagree About John Mark
Acts 16:1-5Paul & Timothy – New Ministry Duo
Acts 16:6-10Paul – Flexibility in the Itinerary
Acts 16:11-15Lydia–Conversion to Christ and Hospitality Offered
Acts 16:16-34Paul & Silas – Praising God While In Prison
Acts 16:35-40Paul’s Ministry Produces "People” Change
Acts 17:1-9Paul & Silas – Trust God’s Strategy for Ministry
Acts 17:10-15Obstacles that Hinder the Work of the Lord
Acts 17:16-34Religion ... Ridicule ... Results
Acts 18:1-4Paul Adapts to His Audience
Acts 18:5-11Opposition Enhances Ministry Results
Acts 18:12-17Paul’s Roman Citizenship On Trial
Acts 18:18-23God Works His Will in His Servants
Acts 18:24-28Tactfulness–Words That Work Mightily
Acts 19:1-7The Holy Spirit is a Person
Acts 19:8-16Miracles Performed by Paul for Authentication
Acts 19:17-22Beware of Cult Practices
Acts 19:21-41Results of Religious Greed
Acts 20:1-6Discipleship Despite Difficulties
Acts 20:7-12When, Where, How & How Long to Worship
Acts 20:13-21Paul–An Example of Faithfulness
Acts 20:22-24Paul’s Determination To Go To Jerusalem
Acts 20:25-31Paul’s Warning to the Ephesian Elders
Acts 20:32-38Paul Shares About Giving
Acts 21:1-9Paul Warned By the Christians
Acts 21:10-16Paul’s Determination & Warning from Agabus
Acts 21:17-26Compromise Recommended but Refuted
Acts 21:27-36Disaster is the End Result of Compromise
Acts 21:37-40Boldness At the Barracks