SM-039 Divine Perspective Acts 18 v1-11 2004 by mudoc123


 From the end of Chapter 15 we have been
following Paul on his 2nd missionary journey
   It was preceded by a strong disagreement
between Paul and Barnabas over the inclusion or
exclusion of young John Mark as part of the 2nd
               Missionary Team.
It resulted in Paul continuing WITHOUT Barnabas
    or John Mark. But in Chapter 16 we saw Paul
 enlisting the help of another man named SILAS,
         and a young man named TIMOTHY.
 Then we saw the hand of the Lord DIRECTING
                  their journey
               (Acts 16:6-7 KJV)
    …. were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to
preach the word in Asia, After they were come
to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but
         the Spirit suffered them not.
 The Lord prevented them from going North and
 South because He wanted them to go West into
              what is today Europe
(Acts 16:9 KJV) And a vision appeared to Paul
in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia,
    and prayed him, saying, Come over into
           Macedonia, and help us.
 Paul and his team went into a Roman colony
called Phillip. There Paul lead a woman named
Lydia to Christ; and along with Silas was beaten
  and imprisoned; all to the end that their jailer
             ended up getting saved.
Chapter 17 dealt with Paul’s ministry in
  Thessalonica (Resisting the Word)
     Berea (Receiving the Word)
    Athens (Ridiculing the Word)
            (Acts 18:1-6 NKJV)
After these things Paul departed from Athens
             and went to Corinth.
We will begin our study of Paul’s ministry in
                Corinth by
     1.) Looking at what Corinth was
    2.) Looking at how Paul ministered
     3.) Looking at what God saw there
               What It Was

By virtue of it’s geographical location Corinth
was a key city of Greece in the ancient world.
               What It Was
   Greece is almost cut in two by the sea.
Between the two sections of Greece is a neck
of land less than five miles across and on that
            isthmus stood Corinth.
               What It Was
If you wanted to travel north to south or south
    to north traffic in Greece you had to pass
   through Corinth.                         For
that reason Corinth was called “The Bridge of
             What It Was
Key Insight: The voyage by sea around the
   southern extremity of Greece was a
             dangerous route.
The southernmost cape was Cape Malea.
               What It Was
To sail around Cape Malea was the equivalent
            of rounding Cape Horn.
  The Greeks had a proverb, “Let him who
thinks of sailing round Malea make his will.”
              What It Was
 Consequently the east to west trade of the
Mediterranean was essentially forced to pass
  through Corinth - making it the MARKET
            PLACE of Greece.
               What It Was
  Key Insight: But it was more than a great
commercial center. It was a center of spiritual
            and moral darkness!
              What It Was
The Greeks actually a verb which meant, “to
 play the Corinthian,” which meant to live a
 self-indulgent, drunken, unrestrained life.
              What It Was
              Historical Fact
In Greece, if ever a Corinthian was shown on
       the stage he was shown drunk.
              What It Was
   In the time of English Royalty the word
“Corinthian” came into the English language
to describe rowdy and reckless party people.
             What It Was
Dominating Corinth stood the hill of the
The hill was not only a fortress; it was a
          temple of Aphrodite.
              What It Was
Key Insight: In its great days the temple had
one thousand priestesses of Aphrodite who
         were sacred prostitutes.
               What It Was
At evening they came down to the city streets
              to ply their trade.
It had become a proverb, “Not every man can
         afford a journey to Corinth.”
               What It Was
When Paul wrote to the believers in Corinth
he made a list of all kinds of wickedness that
      existed in Corinth in that day.
              (1 Cor 6:9-11 NLT)
Don't you know that those who do wrong will
have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don't
fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual
sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male
          prostitutes, homosexuals,
   {10} thieves, greedy people, drunkards,
 abusers, and swindlers--none of these will
  have a share in the Kingdom of God. {11}
There was a time when some of you were just
                   like that,
but now your sins have been washed away,
 and you have been set apart for God. You
have been made right with God because of
what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of
        our God have done for you.
              What It Was
  So this was Corinth as Paul came to it!
 Just HOW Paul ministered to this city is of
tremendous importance to us as we seek to
      reach our world in the year 2004.
            (Acts 18:1-6 NKJV)
{2} And he found a certain Jew named Aquila,
 born in Pontus, who had recently come from
          Italy with his wife Priscilla
  (because Claudius had commanded all the
 Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to
   them. {3} So, because he was of the same
trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by
      occupation they were tentmakers.
 {4} And he reasoned in the synagogue every
    Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and
Greeks. {5} When Silas and Timothy had come
 from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the
 Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is
                    the Christ.
     {6} But when they opposed him and
blasphemed, he shook his garments and said
   to them, "Your blood be upon your own
 heads; I am clean. From now on I will go to
                the Gentiles."
          How He Ministered
              v. 4 - reasoned

      = to say thoroughly, i.e. discuss
dispute, preach (unto), reason (with), speak.
        How He Ministered
            v. 4 - persuaded

= to convince (by argument, true or false)
          How He Ministered
        v. 5 – pressed in the Spirit
As we have seen, Paul was a man sensitive to
                  the Spirit.
    The Holy Spirit pressed Paul’s spirit,
       constrained Paul in his spirit.
     How He Ministered
      Quote: A.T. Robertson
The best rendering of this passage =
                 (Jer 20:9 KJV)
 Then I said, I will not make mention of him,
nor speak any more in his name. But his word
was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in
 my bones, and I was weary with forbearing,
             and I could not stay.
           How He Ministered
v.6 – and testified to the Jews that Jesus was
 Notice Paul’s determination to TESTIFY that
 Jesus is the long awaited Messiah of Israel.
         How He Ministered
TESTIFIED is the same word used of Peter in
                  Acts 2.

It has it’s root in the word MARTUS = Martyr.
         How He Ministered
That was the ZEAL and INTENSITY of Paul’s
    “I am willing to DIE for this fact!”
You couldn’t pry the man from his message!!
           (Acts 18:7-11 NKJV)
And he departed from there and entered the
house of a certain man named Justus, one
who worshiped God, whose house was next
         door to the synagogue.
{8} Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue,
 believed on the Lord with all his household.
    And many of the Corinthians, hearing,
believed and were baptized. {9} Now the Lord
spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, "Do not
 be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent;
{10} "for I am with you, and no one will attack
you to hurt you; for I have many people in this
             What God Saw
  In light of what Corinth was, Corinth was
about the last place that you would expect the
         Lord to “have many people.”
            What God Saw
Think of San Francisco, or Venice Beach in
                 So. Cal.
    Maybe your school or workplace
Do you think of them as places where the
        Lord had many people?
            What God Saw
God always speaks with purpose - and there
 was a PURPOSE for these words to Paul.
Paul had already been in Corinth for quite a
while, and I am sure that he was wondering
               about that city.
            What God Saw
 Note Well: Paul had endured a significant
amount of opposition on this 2nd journey -
And from the Lord’s words to Paul it would
    appear that he was ready to leave.
            What God Saw
But the Lord Himself steps in and STOPS any
   such move on Paul’s part. He tells him,

     “I have many people in this city.”
            What God Saw
 Key Insight #1 - We can NOT see what
God can see. Satan will often use that to
           DISCOURAGE us.
             What God Saw
  Key Example: Elijah, after the show down
 against the prophets of Ba-al on Mt. Carmel,
was chased by queen Jezebel. When he finally
        stops the Lord speaks to him.
            (1 Ki 19:8-10 NKJV)
So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went
 in the strength of that food forty days and
forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of
 God. {9} And there he went into a cave, and
         spent the night in that place;
  and behold, the word of the LORD came to
him, and He said to him, "What are you doing
 here, Elijah?" {10} So he said, "I have been
 very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for
   the children of Israel have forsaken Your
 covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed
Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left;
        and they seek to take my life."
            What God Saw
            Key Observation
THAT was Elijah’s perception of the state
      of thing. Here was God’s -
             (1 Ki 19:18 NKJV)
"Yet I have reserved seven thousand in
Israel, all whose knees have not bowed
 to Baal, and every mouth that has not
                kissed him."
              What God Saw
               Key Application
The city of Corinth, as dark and lost as it was,
  would be a place in which Paul lived and
    worked and had some of his greatest
            What God Saw
So, when we look at the wickedness around
         us we need not despair.

Don’t be deceived by what your human eye is
            What God Saw
God sees and knows that there are many
people in Roseville, or Rocklin, or Granite
 Bay, or Auburn or Sacramento who will
           become His Church.
           What God Saw
What God did in Corinth can be true of our
         (Acts 18:11 NKJV)
And he continued there a year and six
 months, teaching the word of God
            among them.
               What God Saw
  Paul received that ENCOURAGEMENT and
  INSIGHT from God and he continued for 18
months teaching the Word, which caused the new
believers in Corinth to grow in Christ, who in turn
  were able to effectively lead others to Jesus.

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