Text: Acts 19:1-10
For the comfort and challenge of fellow believers
For freedom from idolatry
WE ARE COMING TO Paul’s adventures in Ephesus, possibly the most important city in the Roman Empire after Rome itself. A prosperous city, it was full of the energy that we expect in cities: people from every part of the world and every walk of life, busily engaging in work.
The gods and religious devotions of the people were also in abundance.
Paul will upend this commercial and religious marketplace, but for now, I hope you notice that the story is grounded in the relationships he has with his friends, brothers and sisters in Christ. They encourage one another to greater growth in Christ, expecting that everyone in the community will move to the fulness of the revelation found in Jesus. The movement of the disciples who had connected to the Way from John’s ministry is an example of this movement.
In our own communities, it is good that we have fellowship with brothers and sisters, but let us pray earnestly that we will encourage and be encouraged to grow in the Way of Jesus Christ.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks
---Front Facade, Library of Celsus, Ephesus