Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Acts 19:2 (NLT)
"Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" he asked them. "No," they replied, "we haven't even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."

- This is not the first time that we've seen this... Belief and baptism without evidence of the Holy Spirit being present...
Acts 19:6 (NLT)

Then when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied.

- I'm curious about this. Such overt evidence of the Holy Spirit is not common today as far as I know.

Acts 19:9 (NLT)
But some became stubborn, rejecting his message and publicly speaking against the Way. So Paul left the synagogue and took the believers with him. Then he held daily discussions at the lecture hall of Tyrannus.

- Disputes and church splits are not a new thing. It think it is ironic when Christians today talk about becoming like the first century church, as if those folks had it all "together" and didn't struggle and muddle along just as we do now.

I suspect this, as much as anything, tells us that whatever success we have as The Church, is always a sign that God accomplishes his work in spite of us. He has always managed to advance his beautiful kingdom through imperfect followers and that is reason to celebrate!

Acts 19:21 (NLT)
Afterward Paul felt compelled by the Spirit to go over to Macedonia and Achaia before going to Jerusalem. "And after that," he said, "I must go on to Rome!"

- We have good records of Pauls missions, but it's interesting to think that all around Paul, other missionaries are also at work. We were told that Barnabus and Mark headed out on a mission earlier on, we've learned that Priscilla and Aquilla are known all over these regions for their work, and we recently encountered the ministry of Apollos. Wouldn't it be fascinating to have such complete records of all these missions as well?

Acts 19:32 (NLT)
Inside, the people were all shouting, some one thing and some another. Everything was in confusion. In fact, most of them didn't even know why they were there.

- Yup. Not much has changed in two thousand years. Human nature is still human nature...

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