Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. He met a Jewish couple named Aquila and Priscilla. Paul started his ministry in the synagogue, trying to persuade the Jews and Greeks. But when they opposed him, he declared he would go to the Gentiles. Many Corinthians believed and were baptized. Then, God encouraged Paul to be fearless in a dream. Paul taught the word of God in Corinth for a year and a half.
The Jews tried to make a united attack on Paul by bringing him before the Gallio the governor. Right before Paul was about to defend himself, Gallio said he didn't want to get involved with religious differences.
Paul then set sail with Aquila and Priscilla to Syria, then Cenchreae, then Ephesus. He left Aquila and Priscilla at Ephesus and journeyed onto Antioch. Then he went onto Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples along the way.
Independently, a Jew named Apollos, who was eloquent in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. As he taught boldly, he also met Priscilla and Aquila.
The Lord's Encouragement
Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.
As Paul continued preaching in Corinth, the Lord came to Paul in a vision one night. This is a wonderful reminder that God is always with us no matter where we go. We have no need to fear people because the worst they can do to us is cause physical harm. As long as our souls are intact, we are good to go.
Paul Travels A Lot
Here are all the locations listed in this chapter that Paul went:
That's a lot of places! If Paul lived in this day and age, he would definitely be a frequent flyer.
So Much Is Happening
In the book of Acts, there seems to be so many things happening simultaneously. Disciples are everywhere, and even independent actors are around, like Apollos. I suppose that's how a movement starts–various independent actors who are all unified under one front start banding together to form powerful coalitions.
Sometimes it's hard to keep track. But one thing is clear–God is working through each of the disciples and still does so today.
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