Greece, Turkey, Israel & Syria

One night in Corinth, Paul received a vision from the Holy Spirit (283).  God said to him, “Don’t be afraid, but keep on speaking the truth & don’t give up, for I am with you.  No one will be able to harm you.  There are many people in this city whom I have chosen to be mine.”

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Paul was inspired by this vision to stay in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching the people about Jesus from the word of God.

When Gallio was made the Roman governor of Greece, some unbelieving Jews seized Paul & took him into court. “This man,” they said, “is trying to persuade people to worship God in a way that is against our law!”

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Paul was about to defend himself when Gallio said to the Jews, “If this were a criminal matter, it would be reasonable for me to hear you. But since it’s only an argument about Jewish law, you must settle it yourselves.”  So Gallio drove them out of his court.

The frustrated Jews then grabbed Sosthenes, the new leader of the synagogue who also seemed sympathetic to Paul, and they beat him in front of the court. But Gallio ignored them.

Eventually, Paul left the believers in Corinth & sailed off from the port city of Cenchreae toward Syria, together with Aquila & Priscilla.  Before sailing, Paul had his head shaved, signifying the conclusion of a specific period of fasting & praying to God.

The party arrived in the Turkish city of Ephesus.  Paul taught in the local synagogue and was well-received.  But when the people asked him to stay longer, he would not consent. Instead, he told Aquila & Priscilla & the rest of them, “If it is the will of God, I will come back to you.”

And so Paul sailed from Ephesus. When he arrived at Caesarea, he went to Jerusalem & greeted the church there, and then he went to back to Syrian Antioch – bringing to an end his second extended mission trip.

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(283) Acts 18:9-22