Sunday School Lesson 820 Apostle Paul in Ephesus

Lesson: 820 Lesson Name: Paul in Ephesus
Theme: Christ the Saviour / Grace: God's Undeserved Favor

Reading: Acts 18:18-23   19:1-41

Memroy Verse: Eph. 2:8
Memory Verse Text: By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.

Attention Getter:

Point 1: Ephesus was larger and richer than Corinth. Here the Power of Rome and the splendour of Greek Culture mixed with superstition and magic. The Temple of Artemis (Diana) was one of the 7 wonders of the World. The city was centered on major trade routes - a busy bustling city that seemed have everything but Christ.
Point 2: These people were all that Paul spoke of in Ephesians 2:2-3,11-12. Paul sees a work done with some who already had an incomplete understanding then moves on to the synagogue where he presents the truth of God for three months. Some hardened themselves and Paul moves the focus of his work to the school of Tyrannus which was likely a lecture hall loaned to him for this purpose.
Point 3: It would seem that though his overall time in the area was 3 years Acts 20:31, he centered his activities for two years in this location. It sums up his activities in these words "all they which dwelt in Asia hera the word of the Lord Jesus."
Point 4: Two incidents follow. The teacher may wish to teach both or one. In the first an attempt is made by Jewish exorcists to imitate God's work by Paul - they are overwhelmed and the spirit speaks to their shame. In the second, there is a great outcry from the commercial world as the gospel cuts into their profits. It seems as though Paul had never directly attacked their goddess v37. That is a good example to follow - never to directly malign any group or religious form but rather teach and preach the WORD of GOD. It will do it's work and if opposition or persecution arises it will not be because you have directly offended anyone.


Notes: From the mighty work of God in Corinth Paul sails from Cenchrea (a port for Corinth), to Ephesus for a brief visit of which little is recorded Acts 18:21-23 back across the Mediterranean to Caesaria, then visiting Antioch before starting his third missionary journey back through Cappadocia and Phrygia in order westward till he came back to Ephesus.

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