Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 18

12/10/2018


WEEK 18 - ACTS 18 – December 10, 2018

Written by Janey Wilson, campus minister, East Central University Campus Minister; General Conference delegate.

     Pray for God’s will for your life. Sometimes in the midst of a good busyness season such as Advent, we forget to ask God, “What do you want me to do? What are you calling me to do?” I invite you this week to slow down, stop even. Spend time with God. Spend time in worship. Spend time in God’s word. Spent time in meditation. Forget about your “to do” list, the house that needs cleaning, the grocery list for Christmas dinner, the shopping list for gifts you still lack. Be intentional about spending time with God this week.
    Is God asking you to not be afraid? Is God asking you to not be silent?


 

     In Ephesus, Priscilla and Aquila run into a Jewish-Christian guy named Apollos. Priscilla and Aquila invest in Apollos. They equip him to be a better follower of Christ.
At this point in Acts 18, we find our friends, Priscilla and Aquila again. Paul leaves Corinth and travels to Ephesus with them. Once the three arrive in Ephesus, Paul travels to other places like Jerusalem, Antioch and Galatia. He strengthened disciples everywhere he went. Why? Cause that is what God was calling him to do. He would not be afraid. He would not be silent.
    When things seem to be going right for Paul, he is taken by Jews to see the Roman governor, Gallio.  Gallio doesn't take their concerns serious. He tells them to figure it out themselves because Paul and the Christians aren't breaking any Roman laws.
While Paul was in Corinth, he had a vision from God. God revealed to him that he was in a safe place because there were a lot of Christians around. Paul obeyed God and stayed in Corinth for a year and a half.
      Like any determined individual, when you don’t make progress with a group or with an individual, you decide to move on. This is what Paul does. He isn’t making progress with the Jews in Corinth. He moves on to the Gentiles. Paul’s determination pays off. God uses Paul to convert many people.
Paul reminds me of the Energizer Bunny. He keeps going and going and going. Every time the Sabbath occurs, where could one find Paul?
You guessed it ~ A SYNAGOGUE TO START TELLING EVERYONE ABOUT JESUS. Does this guy ever stop?!?!?
        In Acts 18 we see that Paul has left Athens and heads to Corinth. Here he meets a couple named Priscilla and Aquila, that have been kicked out of Rome. Yes, kicked out because Aquila was a Jew. No Jew was safe in Italy at this time. These three became good friends. They are all three tent makers and I am assuming they enjoyed seeing the sights and sounds of Corinth.  Pause with Priscilla and Aquila. We will pick them back up a few verses later in Acts 18.

         Advent is in full swing! If you’re like a lot of other believers, you see Advent as an opportunity to see things through the spiritual lens instead of the worldly lens. We stand on the promise of Hope. We are preparing for the birth of a King. All while being joyful and full of love. Yes, all of these things while doing that last-minute shopping for that loved one, going over the to do list carefully marking off each completed task or cleaning the house once again cause of expecting company.

 

Suggested reading schedule

• Monday - Acts 18:1-8

• Tuesday - Acts 18:9-11

• Wednesday - Acts 18:12-13

• Thursday - Acts 18:14-17

• Friday - Acts 18:18-22

• Saturday - Acts 18:23-26a

• Sunday - Acts 18:26b-28
 

Reflection questions:  

  • What does Acts 18 teach you about God?
  • Is there something Jesus is calling you to do during this season of Advent?
  • Is there a big decision you have been praying over recently?
  • Are you ready to obey what God is telling you to do?
  • Do you think Paul’s attitude is a result of positive thinking or something more?
  • What helps you to move forward even when you’re discouraged about the situation you’re in?

 

Prayer focus:  Churches of the Crossroads District (https://www.okumc.org/crossroads), DS Rockford Johnson and DA Jill Perrin

 

If you wish to contact the delegation via email the address is ok-delegation@googlegroups.com

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