Incomplete teaching that leaves out essential truths is confusing to the hearers and can lead to weakness in churches so they accept false doctrines. As Paul arrives in Ephesus and finds some disciples, he asked questions to determine where they were in their faith and understanding. For those on the mission field, this type of discernment is critical so we help believers build on a biblical foundation.
Acts 19:1-10. God gave Paul discernment as to the spiritual condition of disciples at Ephesus and he taught them how the Holy Spirit had come. “When Paul laid his hands on them, the ____ _____ came upon them” (19:6). He then _______ reasoned in the synagogue and “persuaded them about the kingdom of God.”
Acts 19:11-20. Extraordinary miracles were done by Paul so that “fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was extolled. Many of those who were now believers came confessing …so the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.”
We must never underestimate what God will do when His truth is taught in the power of the Holy Spirit. Ephesus became another strong church, but it began through corrective ministry. Paul instructed Timothy to “preach…reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2). Grace and truth work hand-in-hand (John 1:14, 17) in Jesus' ministry and it must in ours.
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