Wednesday 12th June 2019 As Christians we need to rely upon the Spirit’s Power.
The Spirits Power
If Paul rested and relied on the Power of God during his visit to Corinth – what was the manifestation of that power? The details of Paul’s visit to Corinth are recorded in Acts 18 v 1 – 18
After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.
When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”
Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.
One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.
While Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews of Corinth made a united attack on Paul and brought him to the place of judgment. “This man,” they charged, “is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law.”
Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to them, “If you Jews were making a complaint about some misdemeanor or serious crime, it would be reasonable for me to listen to you. But since it involves questions about words and names and your own law —settle the matter yourselves. I will not be a judge of such things.” So he drove them off. Then the crowd there turned on Sosthenes the synagogue leader and beat him in front of the proconsul; and Gallio showed no concern whatever.
Priscilla, Aquila and Apollos
Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sisters and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae because of a vow he had taken.
Here are some of the details of the Spirit’s Power during Paul’s visit:
The Power of the Holy Spirit creates an atmosphere of unity, purpose and encouragement– Aquila and Priscilla and Silas and Timothy and Titius Justus working together to build the Kingdom of God in Corinth.
In the Book, “Red Moon Rising: Rediscover the Power of Prayer (Red Moon Chronicles Book 1)” by Pete Greig he talks about Praying Communities across Europe. He says:
The dominant institution of Celtic Christianity was neither the parish church nor the cathedral, but the monastery … a combination of commune, retreat house, mission station, hotel, hospital, school, university, arts centre and power-house for the local community—a source not only of spiritual energy but also of hospitality, learning and cultural enlightenment.
The Celts didn’t just plant churches in the sense that we know them today; they established complex, redemptive communities like little ‘colonies of heaven’. Known as muintir, these ancient communities of prayer, mission, pilgrimage, care, creativity and education had a profound impact upon the British Isles for a thousand years or more. In fact, many European towns and cities today trace their origins back to such praying communities. Every Irish or Scottish conurbation with the common suffix ‘kil’ today was, for example, originally just a simple prayer ‘cell’ that grew and got big. These were not just esoteric hermitages clinging like limpets to the backside of the real world; they were radical, pioneering centres of transformation, shaping and redefining civilisation by blending sacred and secular priorities.
One of the essential ingredients of these communities was people called by God, working together unity and purpose.
If we at Sawyers Church are going to build God’s Kingdom in our lives and here in Brentwood we need the unity and togetherness that only the Power of the Holy Spirit can create. That means overcoming our differences and building together.Have a great day
Pastor Peter Jordan