Acts: Week 4 Day 4
Pray and read
Praise God that he is at work in the world bringing about his good plans and purposes, especially in the growth of his kingdom. Ask him to help you know him better, that you might grow in loyalty to him as your king. In a couple of weeks we are starting a new series in 1 Corinthians, so let’s focus in on Paul’s time in Corinth. Read Acts 18:1–19:1
Which characters do we meet in this chapter for the first time? What do we discover about them?
What events in Paul’s time in Corinth does Luke choose to focus on?
What do we discover about the state of civil and religious life in first-century Corinth?
What happens after Paul leaves Corinth? (note that Corinth is part of Achaia)
We often speak of Paul’s missionary journey’s as though he was a lone ranger doing his own thing but this is clearly far from the case. What can we learn in this passage from the way Paul involves partners in his ministry?
It is sometimes argued that if God is in control and chooses who he will save, then we need not bother with evangelism. Alternatively the biblical command to proclaim the gospel is brought as evidence that God cannot ultimately be in control of how people respond to the gospel. What do we learn about God’s sovereignty and Paul’s response here? (vv.9-11)
Pray for our upcoming series as we read (the first half of) 1 Corinthians together. Pray that God would bring the gospel to bear upon each of us and upon our church as we read this very challenging letter.