God Raises Up Apollos. Part 3
Subtitle: AN INVITATION TO DINNER
Apollos served the Lord Jesus in Ephesus, Corinth, and Crete. His love for Christ is manifested in his bold presentation of the Gospel, from the Scriptures (the Old Testament), to unbelieving Jews in Corinth and elsewhere. May we possess the same boldness.
Moreover, Aquila and Priscilla took the time to disciple Apollos. In the ancient world, fellowship involved hospitality. Meals provided excellent opportunities for fellowship and discipleship. It is very probable this godly couple took Apollos into their home and shared meals together, and that through this, they equipped him with the fullness of the Gospel.
There is a great need in the body of Christ for “mature” believers to equip the unequipped through godly, caring discipleship from the dinner table.
May there be many more Aquilas and Priscillas in the the body of Christ. All you have to know is Jesus, His Word, and how to cook. This is a great syllabus for discipleship. Sadly, “mom and pop” discipleship ministries are few and the emphasis forgotten. Wake up “mature” believers! There are cities full of young men and women waiting for an invitation to dinner!
God bless you.
God’s design for the church. Phil. 1.26-27
What is God’s design for the Church? What was Paul’s reason for living? Does the modern Church follow God’s design for His people? Why did Paul want to live?
May you be blessed by this message from the written Word of God.
Paul Returns to Antioch & Departs. Acts 18.18-22. Part II
Paul spent some time in fellowship with the believers in his home church and in Jerusalem. He had a heart for fellowship with God’s people. May we have a heart to be in fellowship with the Lord’s people as well. May we make fellowship a priority, for this is God’s design for believers and a chief result of believing the Gospel of Christ.
Moreover, Paul departed again on his third missionary journey strengthening all the disciples. We all need strength. God has designed believers to be strengthened in the faith in Christ and His Word through godly, loving, and mature leaders who are themselves bond slaves to Christ, filled with His Spirit, and students of His Word. May you, too, dear reader, be strengthened in the faith in Christ and in the rightly divided truth of the Bible.
I pray that you are in a fellowship where strengthening disciples in the faith in Christ is the priority and is accomplished through the preaching, teaching, and living of the written Word of God by the power of the Holy Spirit.
God bless you.
Paul in Corinth. Acts 18.1-18. Part III
Paul was obedient. He remained in Corinth under constant threat for 18 months! What did he do? He taught the Word of God among the believers and seekers of Corinth.
The Lord Jesus Christ wants His Word to be taught. It is the Word of God that transforms lives.
May the Lord Jesus fill you with His Spirit, dear reader. God bless.
Paul Returns to Antioch & Departs. Acts 18.18-23. Part I
Paul desired to return to his home church in Antioch, so he said goodbye to the believers in Corinth and made his way, eastbound, aboard ship. In Chencrea, Paul shaved his head because of the Nazarite vow he had taken at some point in the past – perhaps while in Corinth. This vow symbolized Paul’s love and gratitude for Christ, and his dedication to Christ. The Lord Jesus had transformed Paul’s life, and Paul loved Jesus. May we love the Lord Jesus and thank Him from our hearts for His grace to us. May we love Jesus and show Him our love by keeping His commandments and seeking His will.
God bless you.
The Axiom of a True Apostle. Philippians 1.15-20.
The axiom of a true apostle is to preach Christ. Paul preached Christ, and he rejoiced when Christ was preached. Paul defended the preaching of Christ and not himself. He could have dropped the Gospel for freedom from imprisonment. He didn’t. He was faithful to his calling. May you, dear reader, be encouraged by this message from God’s Word. God bless you.
Here is the link to the PDF: Paul in Corinth Part II
Paul was faithful to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He wasn’t afraid to let the Jews know that their rejection of the Gospel was rebellion against the God of Israel. Justus and Crispus come to know the Lord Jesus Christ through the truth of the Gospel – the power of God to salvation to all who believe: to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
These verses are filled with hope for all who believe the Gospel. Our Lord Jesus is the gracious God who loves us, gave His life for us, and rose again from the dead. He has shared His victory over sin and death with us! May we understand our victory over sin and death through the wonderful truth of the Messiah of Israel – our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
God bless you, dear reader.
PAUL WRITING FROM PRISON IN ROME. A.D. 61
Here is the PDF: Philippians 1.1-5
Paul’s heart for the Philippian people is a wonderful example of a heart transformed through the Gospel of Christ by the grace of God. Paul’s salutation is very humble – he calls Timothy and himself slaves of Christ instead of apostles of Christ. The Greek understanding of the word slave was a bond slave: one whose will is consumed by the will of his master. Are we slaves of Christ? May we humble ourselves to be His bond slave.
True apostles preach Christ, make disciples, and train believers to live the crucified life. The emphasis of their ministry is not miracles, signs, and wonders but on the Gospel of Christ. Though Christ performed miracles through the hands of his men, the emphasis of their ministries to the world were not on signs and wonders. Their emphasis was on the Lordship of Jesus Christ. A true apostle will preach the true Gospel of Christ everywhere he goes. Most of today’s modern apostles do not preach the Gospel everywhere they go, nor are they strictly dedicated to it. Most have hobbies, mansions, and wealth that detract them from the priority of living and preaching the Gospel – that which no true apostle of the New Testament possessed nor concerned themselves with.
Paul writes from his prison house in Rome. The emphasis is his letter is on the joy of the Gospel of Christ and his gratitude to the Philippian fellowship. He wrote this letter while in chains; may we learn from this most blessed letter of Scripture authored by none other than the Holy Spirit, Himself.
God bless you.
PAUL IN CORINTH: A TRUE APOSTLE NEVER CEASES TO PREACH THE GOSPEL
Here is the PDF for Paul in Corinth Part I: Paul in Corinth. Acts 18.1-18
Paul came to Corinth and met Acquila. He stayed with Acquila and his wife Priscilla, and he worked with them in the tent making business. Paul shares the Gospel with both Jews and Gentiles when he enters the synagogue of Corinth, and he seeks to persuade them all to believe the Gospel of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As a true apostle of Christ, Paul was relentless in his preaching and teaching of the Gospel and in his desire to persuade all who listened to repent of their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. As is demonstrated in the book of Acts, a true apostle’s ministry emphasis is the preaching and teaching of the Gospel of Christ and making disciples that will live the crucified life through the Spirit of God. No true apostle of Christ will fail to share the Gospel every where he goes. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless us with His understand of His word.
God bless you.
Here is a PDF of the entire message taught on Sunday at Vision Calvary Chapel:
Paul in Athens– part I. Acts 17.15-18
Paul came to Athens from Berea; it was a journey of approximately 222 miles! Paul was committed to preaching and teaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified every where he traveled. He was a true apostle. Athens was a pagan, corrupt, idolatrous college town of about 50,000 people. Philosophers, scholars, students, and citizenry claimed to be tolerant, open minded, and educated. They lived to hear something “new”, yet ironically, when the new Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ was declared to them, the majority rejected it. May we be encouraged by Paul’s commitment to live, obey, and share the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May this message encourage you to serve our Lord Jesus and love Him more and more. God bless you.