HOW DO WE MAKE DISCIPLES? Acts 18:1-17

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SCRIPTURE

ACTS 18:1-15 After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them, and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks. 

When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” 11 And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. 

12 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal, 13 saying, “This man is persuading people to worship God contrary to the law.” 14 But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or vicious crime, O Jews, I would have reason to accept your complaint. 15 But since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves. I refuse to be a judge of these things.” 16 And he drove them from the tribunal. 17 And they all seized Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to any of this.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. 

BIG IDEA

Jesus the King gave us joyful marching orders. He commanded us to “Go and make disciples of all nations” and that is exactly what Christians are delighted to do. But how? In Acts 18 Paul arrives at Corinth, and the way he handles himself gives us three things to focus on as we seek to fulfill Jesus’ great commission. Don’t stop talking (vv. 1-5), don’t give up (vv. 6-8), and don’t be afraid (vv 9-17).

DISCUSSION 

1. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Acts 18:1-17 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you? 

2. What was Paul occupied with in Corinth? What about you, what do you find yourself being occupied with? And what does this say about what you think is most important? 

3. Can you identify with Paul and how he was treated in Corinth (vv. 6)? How can we, in spite of opposition and reviling, still not give up in telling people the gospel? 

4. List the promises Jesus gives to Paul in verses 9-11. Which of these most stands out to you and why? 

5. How are the promises we have in the gospel even greater than the promises Paul received while he was in Corinth? (try and think of Scripture to back up your answers) 

6. Pray for one another to have the boldness to tell people about Jesus, the perseverance to not give up, and the assurance in Christ to not be afraid. In addition, pray for each other in any way that’s needed.

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