10.8.17–The Forgotten God–Acts 19:1-20

Title: Sermon – October 8

The Forgotten God
Acts 19:1-20

Stephen Ray
Pastor to Students, Fellowship North


The Book of Acts

– Narrative history of the early church (part 1: Peter; part 2: Paul)

– Paul undertook three missionary journeys for the purpose of preaching
the Gospel and planting churches.

– Paul’s method: find a public place (synagogue), engage people in
discussion, baptize converts, disciple believers, establish church

The City of Ephesus

– Ephesus was a major city in the Roman Empire, capitol of Rome’s
Asian province.

– Major center for commerce formerly because of geographical location,
but more recently because of Temple of Artemis.

– No church in Ephesus, but Paul stopped there briefly during his second
missionary journey (Acts 18:19-21).

– Paul returned to Ephesus on his third missionary journey and stayed
there for three years.

The Text – Acts 19:8-10

– Paul begins teaching in the synagogue as was his custom, but moves
to the lecture hall because of the Jews’ obstinance and disrespect.

– He taught there for two years, during which time all the Jews and
Gentiles who lived in the province of Asia heard the Gospel.

Principle:
God can amazing things through perseverance.


The Text – Acts 19:11-16

– God did miracles through Paul.

– Ephesus was home to a pluralistic, superstitious culture that featured
many who participated in sorcery and attempted to invoke “powerful”
names in their incantations for various reasons, including exorcism.

Principle:
Don’t play with God.


The Text – Acts 19:17-20

– The failed exorcism (and beating) became known and the name of
Jesus became revered.

– Many believers even came forward to confess their participation in
sorcery and relinquish their souls.

Principle:
Don’t underestimate the power of the Gospel to change lives.


The Text – Acts 19:1-7

– Paul returns to Ephesus to find some “disciples” who, for whatever
reason, were only familiar with John’s baptism.

Principle:
What you don’t know CAN hurt you!


Three Questions

  1. Who is the Holy Spirit?
    • The third person of the Trinity.
  2. Who does the Holy Spirit do?
    • Indwells Christians at conversion.
    • Guides, convicts, comforts, leads, intercedes, gifts, etc.
    • Is the agent of sanctification.
    • Interacts with Christians probably more than any other member of the Trinity.
  3. Have you truly received the Holy Spirit?
    • If not, attempts at holiness are merely external.
    • Maybe not, if you’re ignorant of His role in your life.
    • If not, your relationship with God is incomplete (or non-existent).

Three Challenges

– Learn more about the Holy Spirit.

– Understand how the Holy Spirit has specifically gifted you.

– Submit to the Holy Spirit; let Him change your life.


The Forgotten God
Acts 19:1-20

Stephen Ray
Pastor to Students, Fellowship North