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Acts 18:1-11

Paul at Corinth

18 After these things he left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, having recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. He came to them, and because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and they were working, for by trade they were tent-makers. And he was reasoning in the synagogue every Sabbath and trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.

But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul begandevoting himself completely to the word, solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the [a]Christ. But when they resisted and blasphemed, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” Then he left there and went to the house of a man named [b]Titius Justus, a worshiper of God, whose house was next to the synagogue. Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his household, and many of the Corinthians when they heard were believing and being baptized. And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; 10 for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.” 11 And he settled there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

Discussion Questions

September 1st, 2019

1. Verses 1-2 refer to Paul moving to Corinth where he met up with the married couple Aquila and Priscilla who had been forced to leave Rome as Jews by government decree. A FRIEND IS DEVASTATED OVER A REQUIRED MOVE TO A NEW AREA AND QUESTIONING HOW GOD COULD BE IN THIS--NAME OTHER BIBLE CHARACTERS WHO HAD TO ENDURE SUCH THINGS, BUT IT TURNED OUT FOR THE GOOD.

2. Aquila and Priscilla and Paul were all tent-makers by trade. This is how they made their living. Still, in verse 5 it says that after Silas and Timothy arrived in Corinth "Paul began devoting himself completely to the word ...." WHAT ABOUT A CHRISTIAN WORKER'S INCOME--SHOULD THE WORKER LIVE ONLY ON WHAT A CHURCH OR SUPPORTERS GIVE, OR SUPPLEMENT WITH OTHER WORK, OR TOTALLY LIVE FROM OUTSIDE WORK? COMPARE Acts 18:3 with I Corinthians 9:3-18; II Thessalonians 3:7-9; and I Timothy 5:17-18. DEFEND YOUR POSITION WITH SCRIPTURE .

3. COMMENT on verse 6 where Paul says, "Your blood be upon your own heads! I am clean. From now on I shall go to the Gentiles"--COMPARE ACTS 13:46. WHEN MAY IT BE TIME TO CHANGE COURSE IN A MISSION OUTREACH AND WHY?.