Empowered by Jesus’ Spirit … Acts 19 (NIV)
Recap: emotional – physical – spiritual / shake off rejection
19:1-7 At Ephesus, Paul found some disciples and asked, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them.
- Some of us have a lack-luster faith because we have only experienced a “Salvation of Sorry” – a baptism of repentance.
- We are baptized into a future hope, but never baptized in the power of Jesus the impact the present.
- Power to live beyond sorrow, grief and repentance comes with a baptism of Jesus Holy Spirit.
- It is not about our theologies – it is about speaking in ways people can hear the Gospel of Jesus in you and me.
8-12 Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God, but some became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even towels and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.
- When one opportunity closes, God opens another – synagogue vs lecture hall.
- Keep it up – dependable, trust God to do miracles thru you.
13-20 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls and burned them publicly. In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.
- Doing something out of jealousy usually doesn’t work.
- Fighting evil can beat you up without the authority of Jesus.
- Jesus’ power is stronger than your horoscope, your Chinese calendar and even stronger than Dr. Phil’s advice.
- We are looking everywhere for answers to life from everyone except the author of life.
21-41 After all this had happened, Paul decided to go to Jerusalem, passing through Macedonia and Achaia. About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the artisans there. He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; When they heard this, they were furious and soon the whole city was in an uproar..
- Fear of losing your heritage – prominence – investment.
- Fear of losing what we think we have will lead to making an issue of something that is nothing or enlarge it.
- Acting in fear, you risk your community, reputation, freedom.
- Fear of failure is actually a fear of imagined loss.
- Instead of fear – focus on Jesus