ACTS 19:1-10 And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. 2 And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. 7 There were about twelve men in all.
8 And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. 9 But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. 10 This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
In Acts 19:1-10, we learn at least three things about the gospel. First, it is like heat, effecting change in whatever it is exposed to. When we hear the gospel, we either respond with faith in Jesus (vv. 4-5) or unbelief (vv. 9). Second, the gospel is meant to spread. For the love of God and man, Paul stays for two years in Ephesus, and “all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.” Like a military outpost, training and sending out soldiers to conquer enemy lands, Paul sets up a missionary outpost, training and sending out church planters to conquer enemies of God through the gospel (vv. 10). Third, the gospel is good. It doesn’t matter who you are or aren’t; It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or not done. God has made a way to pardon your sins and bring you into his family forever as his beloved child. In addition to our adoption, God sends us Himself, baptizing all Christians with the Holy Spirit. He is the greatest gift we can receive in this life!
God the Holy Spirit is the One who gives us new birth (John 3:8), convicts us of sin and righteousness (John 15:8), pours the love of God into our hearts (Rom. 5:5), gives us life as we seek to say “no” to sin and “yes” to Jesus (Rom. 8:11), helps us understand the Bible (1 Cor. 2:10), and He works in us so that we produce good fruit (Gal. 5:22-23).
But the truth is this: Because of our sin, the only way we can be baptized with the Spirit of God is because Jesus was baptized with the judgement of God. We can only receive the blessing because Jesus received the curse for us.
1. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Acts 19:1-10 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?
The gospel is like heat, effecting change in whatever it is exposed to. When we hear the gospel, we either respond with faith in Jesus (vv. 4-5) or unbelief (vv. 9).
2. Have you seen this to be true in your own life? In the lives of others? Other places in the Scripture?
The gospel is meant to spread. For the love of God and man, Paul stays for two years in Ephesus, and “all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.”
3. How does Colossians 1:7 and 4:12 shed light on how exactly “all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord” through Paul teaching for those two years in Ephesus? What does this show us about how the Apostles sought to fulfill the great commission?
In addition to our adoption, God sends us Himself, baptizing all Christians with the Holy Spirit. He is the greatest gift we can receive in this life!
4. How have you thought about the Holy Spirit in the past? How has God changed your mind over the years to see how great of a gift He is?
5. How is it possible that we who are unholy because of our sin, can be forgiven and receive God the Holy Spirit? How does Mark 15:33-39 help us see the answer to this question?
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