Corinth is Paul’s next stop; a city that became at this time a commercial hub in Southern Greece, with a population of between 80,000 to 100,000 people. It held the reputation of moral corruption and slave trade. In these conditions, Paul finds Aquila and Priscilla who were also tentmakers. They will become strategic partners in ministry with Paul. Some of the best allies we have in ministry are those who work for their own support and are powerfully used by God to advance the gospel to the unreached.
Acts 18:1-17 – As before, Paul reasoned in the synagogue every Sunday and many believed and were baptized. Though reviled by the Jews, “the Lord said to Paul…___ ____ ___ _______, but go on speaking and do not be silent.” Paul stayed in Corinth a year and a half to establish the church.
Acts 18:18-23 – As we have seen with others, Paul mentors Aquila and Priscilla by taking them with him to Cenchrea, Ephesus, Caesarea and Antioch. Through this the disciples are _____________.
Acts 18:24-28 – This effective method of Paul equips Aquila and Priscilla to assist another disciple (Apollos) to become even more powerful in the use of the Scriptures.
If we are going to be effective in spreading the gospel, planting churches and establishing them in the faith, we must follow Paul’s multiplication method by investing into others and be willing to go out of sight. This requires our confidence in the Holy Spirit’s work as we move on.
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