Sunday, November 11, 2012

From Acts to Revelation Part 52 – Paul Continues On

From Acts to Revelation
Part 52 – Paul Continues On
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | |


Last week we talked about the water baptism of John for repentance, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit (or being baptized into Christ).

This week, we will take a look at how Paul continues his missionary trip, traveling to another
Synagogue, where he stays for three months, trying to convince them of the Gospel.

Afterwords, Paul takes his Disciples to another town, where they end up staying for two years, where he continued to preach and teach the Gospel.

Today, we will see how some people, even after being shown the truth, with scriptural back-up, still deny it.

There is no shortage of stubborn people, and no shortage of people who chose to remain ignorant.

People who refuse to listen to the truth, always have a reason. And that reason is always prideful, selfish and self-centered.

Today we will see that when someone is willfully ignorant, we are to move on, simply because there is always another place, another person, who is ready to hear the truth.

We will also see, that despite the rejection of truth, Paul continues to share the truth with those who will listen.


Acts 19:8-10
8 Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. 9 But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
a.      Paul spoke for three months in the Synagogue
i.       This was longer than his usual stay in a Synagogue

b.     Paul argued about the Kingdom of God.
i.       Arguing here means persuading and disputing falsehoods, not fighting.

ii.    Paul brought reasonable proofs from the Old Testament Scriptures to show that the Kingdom [ruled authority] of God is revealed in Jesus.

iii. And Jesus is now ascended to the Right Hand of the Father and seated at the father's Throne.
a.      Acts 2:29-31 29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay.”

c.      However, some became obstinate, or  stubborn.
i.       They refused to believe
a.      They rebelled against the Gospel of Christ.

ii.    They publicly maligned & rebelled against the Gospel of Christ.

a.      So Paul left them.
i.       He broke with another Synagogue because of their denial.

b.     Paul took the Disciples with him.
i.       Seeing their stubbornness, Paul takes the Disciples with him.

c.      And had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
i.       Scholars believe that this was a lecture hall of a Greek Philosopher

a.      This went on for two years.
i.       Paul spent a total of three years in Ephesus, (Acts 20:31) two of them preaching and teaching here in the lecture hall.

b.     The Jews and the Greeks living in the province of Asia heard the Word of the Lord.
i.       This doesn't refer to every single person hearing the Word, but rather to people from all walks of life, and from surrounding areas.

c.      Paul continued preaching and teaching there, where he was accepted.


We see in scripture today, that sometimes, despite all of our efforts, some people choose to remain willfully ignorant of the truth.

Scripture tells us that if someone refuses to listen, we are to dust ourselves off, and move on.

We are not to waste time on those who do not want the truth, because time is short, and there are many out there who are ready to hear the Truth.

We also see that, Paul was fulfilling his calling to preach and teach the Gospel. And although the people were stubborn and refused to accept the truth, Paul did not take that disappointment with him, nor did he become discouraged, simply because regardless of who did or did not accept the Truth, Paul was still serving the Lord, and his calling.

We too need to stay diligent, getting past those who refuse the truth, dusting ourselves off, and continuing to serve the Lord in the manner in which He has called and enabled us.

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