Paul Serves Jesus In Ephesus

After Apollos had sailed westward to the Greek city of Corinth, Paul travelled westward by land to the Turkish city of Ephesus (288).

There he found a group of new believers in Jesus & he asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” “We have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit,” they answered. “Then, what kind of baptism did you receive?” Paul asked. “The baptism of John the Baptizer,” they answered.

Paul said, “John baptized people with water as a sign that they had repented & decided to stop sinning.  But John also told the people of Israel to believe in the one who was coming after him – who is Jesus.  Jesus baptizes people with God’s Holy Spirit.

When they heard this, twelve of them asked to be baptized in the name of Jesus.  As Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them; all twelve of them began testifying boldly, in different languages & dialects, about how Jesus was changing their hearts & changing their lives.

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For the next three months, Paul taught in the Ephesian synagogue, trying to convince the people that the kingdom of God which Jesus proclaimed really was good news. But some of the Jews in that synagogue stubbornly refused to believe in Jesus; instead they said evil things before the whole assembly about Jesus & about those who believed in him.

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So Paul left the synagogue, taking the Christian believers with him, and he began to hold daily meetings in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all the people who lived in that area of Turkey, both Jews & Gentiles, heard the good news of Jesus Christ.

God, please help me to love being led by Your Holy Spirit.

(288) Acts 19:1-10

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