Today, we’ll read Acts 18:24-48, Acts 19:1-20, 1 Corinthians chapters 1, 2 and 3. I love how Paul’s letters are interjected here in Acts with his missionary journeys – we see where he is traveling, see where he has been, read the words that he sent in advance of a visit or as a follow-up to the visit…. Like when we read David’s history with the Psalms alongside his life events. What’s your highlight today? Let’s read and then let’s visit!
“Apollos turned out to be a great help to those who had become believers through God’s immense generosity. He was particularly effective in public debate with the Jews as he brought out proof after convincing proof from the Scriptures that Jesus was in fact God’s Messiah” Acts 18:28 MSG
When Apollos arrived, “he greatly helped” by “showing through the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ” (Acts 18:27-28). That IS a help – sharing truth. My mind went to Proverbs 24:11, we read that earlier this year: “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter”. Every day we come across people who are literally on their way to death – sharing the truth of Christ IN LOVE and yet with urgency can mean salvation. What bigger help is there?
Love Paul’s ministry at Ephesus, 19:1-7, but its too much for a short blog post. (Can we go for a coffee sometime?) Now we get to Corinthians with the context of Paul’s life: “God has revealed this to us through the His Spirit” (1 Cor 2:10) – don’t we see Paul depending on the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Let’s do the same – the Holy Spirit is our Comforter and Guide (John 14:16). What a gift that Jesus left us!