Month: July 2015

The Seven Sons of Sceva: Acts 19:11-20

Last week we looked at the new believers in Ephesus and the differences between the baptism of John and being baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. The results of that baptism must have spread around the city of Ephesus – not just the Christian community but the Jewish community as well. “God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touc ...[Read More]

Apollos and Paul: Acts 18

1.  The first several chapters of Acts are about the earliest disciples – especially Peter, Stephen and Phillip. After that, the focus is on Peter and then in chapter 13 the emphasis shifts almost completely to Paul and the expansion of the early church. As we’ve seen before, it is the church that adapts which thrives and the church at Jerusalem that begins to shrink and grow in on its ...[Read More]

John Mark: Acts 15:36-41

Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, 38 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. 39 They had such a sharp disagreement th ...[Read More]