Acts 18 After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them...
think about it.
Who did Paul work with in Corinth (18:1-5)? What was Paul occupied with (18:4-5)? What are you most occupied with? Where did the breakthrough come in the ministry here and how (18:6-11)? How did Paul help the church at Ephesus (18:18-19)? What were Apollos' gifts and what did he lack (18:23-26)? How was his ministry enhanced (18:26-28)? What can you do to assist others who speak and teach?
Non-stop is how I would describe Paul. Non-stop preaching and teaching. Non-stop reaching out and pursuing people. With Paul you can pretty much count on things moving full force ahead. So what is it that motivates him? Well, Paul's love for the Lord for sure, but along with that is his love for and knowledge of God's Word. Verse 5 tells us "Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus." This verse and particularly the phrase "occupied with the word" really grabbed my attention. I thought to myself Would someone describe me as being occupied with God's Word? As much I wanted my answer to be Absolutely!, the truth is that I am sometimes, but there are times when I'm not.
So what would it look like for us to be "occupied with God's Word"? How do we get there and how do we sustain it? Tami W.
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