Friday 14th June 2019 Let us look this morning at some more things about 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 will mean there will be visions, dreams and Spiritual Gifts – God spoke to Paul through the power of the Holy Spirit and and he acted with courage and boldness – I love the phrase that God uses to challenge Paul, “I have many people in this city”. I believe that God will speak to us through the Gifts of the Spirit and His Word and I believe God has many people here in Brentwood and wants us to not be afraid, but to keep on speaking and demonstrating His love and Power.
The Power of the Holy Spirit means Security even in the face of persecution– God said To Paul as he asked him to stay on in Corinth and not be silent, “For I am with you, and no-one is going to harm you”. When God is moving by His Spirit there is no safer place to be. Paul faced Persecution – Paul was brought before the Proconsul, a man named Gallio, but God delivered Paul.
It is often in the storm that we feel most secure in our faith and God causes us to grow.
Sir Francis Drake was an English sea captain who lived from 1540- 1596. He was the second sailor to circumnavigate the globe. This is his famous prayer, one that it would appear God heard and rewarded. Let’s make it ours today, and see where God takes us.
Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
attributed – sir francis drake -1577
The Power of the Holy Spirit causes us to Worship Jesus– Paul encouraged the people to worship God in ways contrary to the Law and against tradition.
Why did the people worship God in this way? The answer was simple – God was at work by the power of the Holy Spirit and people’s lives were being transformed.
It is interesting that in the church in Corinth there had obviously been a shift away from the Power of God to human thinking and human understanding. In his letter Paul has to bring them back to Jesus and remind them that the reason for the church to gather together was to worship Jesus and rest on the power of God.
Have a great day!
Pastor Peter Jordan