Miracles And Confessions


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Miracles at Ephesus

11 God was performing extraordinary [a]miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out. 13 But also some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, “I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14 Seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said to them, “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” 16 And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 This became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who lived in Ephesus; and fear fell upon them all and the name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified. 18 Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices. 19 And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of everyone; and they counted up the price of them and found it [b]fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So [c]the word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing.



Discussion Questions

September 29th 2019

1. EXPLAIN WHY YOU THINK "extraordinary miracles" were happening through the Apostle Paul's ministry in ancient Ephesus, as seen in verses 11-12. WHAT EVIDENCE DO YOU SEE IN SCRIPTURE FOR YOUR VIEW? Hint: see v 17

2. A FRIEND TELLS YOU THE EXPERIENCE OF THE SONS OF SCEVA (verses 13-17) SEEMS TOO WILD TO BE TRUE SCIENTIFICALLY ... HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND?

3. WHAT WOULD BE A MODERN EXAMPLE OF CHRISTIANS CONFESSING AND REPENTING, AS SEEN IN VERSES 18-20?

4. WHAT SIGNIFICANCE DO YOU SEE IN THE CONCLUDING STATEMENT FOR THIS SECTION, VERSE 20?