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Paul left Athens and went to Corinth (v. 1). Have you ever wondered why some people refuse to make any adjustments to changing situations? The great apostle demonstrated adjustments in his methods to the Corinthians, because he knew they were less philosophical than the Athenians and more commercially motivated. Paul used a public approach in Athens, but switched to a private ministry in Corinth. Adaptable people are flexible enough to consistently modify their approaches to suit new conditions.
The cities of Athens and Corinth were only 50 miles apart, however, they were very different. Athens was noted for its culture and learning, while Corinth was noted for its commerce and wickedness. Paul came to Corinth following his ministry to the philosophers in Greece, and he came determined to magnify Jesus Christ. According to I Corinthians 2:1-5, Paul came to Corinth with weaknesses, fear and trembling. He had not been in Corinth long before he found friends.
He knew a Jew named Aquila and his wife Priscilla (v. 2). They were tent makers, like Paul, and they invited him to come and stay with them (v. 3). As is common in the Middle East, his workshop may have been downstairs and his living quarters upstairs. From Romans 16:3, we know Aquila and Priscilla served faithfully, and even risked their lives for Paul. Every Sabbath day they went to the synagogue where the Jews worshiped (v. 4). There Paul preached unto them Jesus the Son of God and tried to win them over to the Lord.
Paul went to a wicked city alone, which was a difficult place for him to minister. I have never had to stand alone in difficult areas like Paul. God provided friends for Paul. How long has it been since I have provided hospitality in my home for a missionary family? One of the greatest blessings my family can possibly experience is to have missionaries in our home. Lord, help me to think of someone I can invite, and set up the date with them.
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.
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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