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Encouraged by Life Transformation

Our passage today is from Acts 18:18-19:10. The church’s sermon is titled “Encouraged by Life Transformation” This is a summary of Pastor Robbie Symons sermon from Hope Bible Church in Oakville, Ontario. Here you can find a summary for last weekend’s message Personal Encouragement from the Lord.” This week’s whole church service is available in the video below.

Encouraged by Life Transformation Sermon

Life-CALLING: A Devotion to the WILL of God

Acts 18:18-23. Paul devoted his whole life to the will of God. Verse 23 is where Paul started his third missionary journey.

‘After spending some time there, he departed and went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. ‘

Acts 18:23

If you’re devoted to Christ, then your whole life’s direction will be under the will of God which leads to life transformation in others. In 2 Timothy 4:7, Paul said that he fought the good fight, kept the faith, and finished the race. Ravi Zacharias passed away last week. He’s considered a modern-day Paul who fought the good fight. He had a great impact on many of us.

“To every generation God sends a prohet. Ravi Zacharias is that prophet for this generation. You must hear him.”

Josh McDowell

Ravi mentioned that everyone has his/her load to carry for Jesus Christ. We all have a life calling of devotion to Christ and we must assume the responsibility. It’s incredibly encouraging to see men and women finishing the race in a strong manner.

Life-ALTERING: A MENTORING of Apollos

Acts 18:24-27. Here we’re introduced to Apollos. It’s great to see how the Bible describes the character of people in the Bible.

‘Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. ‘

Acts 18:24

Aquila and Priscilla took Apollos aside and explained to him things he didn’t know. Notice how they did that privately and not publicly. Also notice, how humble Apollos was in receiving instruction.

‘He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. ‘

Acts 18:26

Apollos was one of the 4 most prominent teachers in the early church. Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:12 equates the respect of Peter (Cephas), Paul, and Apollos. Paul said, “I planted and Apollos watered” in 1 Corinth 3:6. You can only give to others what you yourself already have. You can’t lead where you don’t go. What an amazing work of mentorship that Aquila and Priscilla did. Are you mentoring right now? Do you have a mentor? Group time is a form of mentorship in our church. This is a massive theme in the book of Acts. As an example, we see how Paul was mentoring and strengthening all the disciples in Acts 18:23.

Life-CHANGING: An Introduction to the HOLY SPIRIT

Acts 19:1-7. Paul is now on his third missionary journey. Below is a helpful map

A map of Paul's Third Missionary Journey
Paul’s Third Missionary Journey

The pattern of salvation in the book of acts is as follows:

  1. Sinners hear the gospel
  2. They believe in Jesus
  3. Immediately receive the Holy Spirit
  4. They get baptized

Here these disciples were disciples of John the Baptist. How can you be saved and not know of the Holy Spirit? They were baptized into John’s baptism. This is good but they still needed to be truly saved. Paul explained that John’s baptism was representative of the old testament looking forward to the work of Christ. It was a baptism of preparation pointing towards Jesus Christ. Christian baptism is different. It’s the reality that Christ saved us. This baptism points back to the finished work of Jesus Christ.

This story is a clear example of the fading away of the old covenant and the dawning of the new covenant. It is representing this transitional period between the two covenants.

Do you know for sure that you’ ve been saved? The power and presence of the Holy Spirit is proof. Spurgeon said the following:

Give a man an electric shock and I warrant you he will know it, but if he has the Holy Ghost, he will know it much more.

Charles Spurgeon

This is a great opportunity to examine ourselves and make sure that we belong to Christ.

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