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‘Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.”’ (Acts 18:9-10 NKJV).

From: June 27, 2020

DON’T LET FEAR KEEP YOU SILENT

After Paul preached Jesus as the Christ to the members of the Corinthian synagogue, they opposed him. But he didn’t let fear of opposition stop his preaching of the gospel. Instead, he shifted his ministry focus to the Gentiles in the city. Yet, the opposition among the Corinthian Jews increased. In the midst of this, the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision, telling him not to fear, nor to be silent, but to continue to preach. For the Lord was with him, protecting him and calling many to follow. So Paul ministered in Corinth for over a year and a half and saw great fruit there.
 
Sometimes we let the fear of opposition keep us silent, but doesn’t the Lord still say to us, “Do not keep silent, for I am with you.”? It has been so easy to preach the gospel in America for so long, but now it seems the opposition is growing. Is this a bad thing? Perhaps not. Perhaps the Lord has many people in our country that still need to hear, if only we do not let fear keep us silent.
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, we will not keep silent for You are always with us. Give us a holy boldness to always speak the good news of Your Son, Jesus Christ. For we are convinced that He is the answer to our sin-sick world. Strengthen our hands and hearts for the work. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“From there he went up and visited the church at Jerusalem and then went back to Antioch” (Acts 18:22 NLT).

From: June 27, 2018

PAUL RETURNS FROM HIS SECOND MISSIONARY TOUR
At the end of Paul’s second missionary journey, he visited the church at Jerusalem and then returned to the church at Antioch in Syria. The second tour was much longer than the first. He and Silas were gone from their home base in Antioch for about four years (50 to 54 AD). Along the way they added several people to their team. Young Timothy was added early in the tour, while visiting Lystra (Acts 16:1-3). Priscilla and Aquila were added to the team at Corinth, where the team worked together for a year and a half. After Corinth, Paul felt led to return home and report to the apostles in Jerusalem and to the church at Antioch that had sent he and Silas out.
 
What an exciting report this must have been to both the church at Jerusalem and the church at Antioch. What joy, to be involved with Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations!

“and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade” (Acts 18:3 ESV)

From: June 27, 2016

When Paul met the Jewish tent-making couple, Aquila and Priscilla, in the city of Corinth, he found true partners in ministry and work. Paul was a bivocational church-planter and he needed work that provided a sufficient income with flexible hours. By joining with Aquila and Priscilla he found both. In Corinth he was given the flexibility to work and preach in one of Rome’s largest and richest cities. The couple even offered him accommodations in their home. When we think of Paul’s more famous gospel partners like Barnabas, Silas and Timothy, let us not forget his strategic partnership with Aquila and Priscilla. Christian business owners are often God’s provision for supporting and advancing the gospel. And they often become missionaries themselves, just as Aquila and Pricilla did as they followed Paul back to Ephesus and helped in the ministry there. Are you a tentmaker?

“Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakers just as he was” (Acts 18:3 NLT)

From: June 27, 2014

When Paul met the Jewish tent-making couple, Aquila and Priscilla, in the city of Corinth, he found true partners in ministry and work. Paul was a bivocational church-planter and he needed work that provided a sufficient income with flexible hours. By joining with Aquila and Priscilla he found both. In Corinth he was given the flexibility to both work and preach in one of Rome’s largest and richest cities. The couple even offered him accommodations in their home. When we think of Paul’s more famous gospel partners like Barnabas, Silas and Timothy, let us not forget his strategic partnership with Aquila and Priscilla. Christian business owners are often God’s provision for supporting and advancing the gospel.

“Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness. Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power” (Psalm 145:3-4)

From: June 27, 2012

Our children learn worship from us. Teach them to worship in spirit and truth. Tell them what Christ has done and how He has saved and sanctified us! Tell of His mighty acts!

“When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching” (Acts 18:5)

From: June 27, 2011

Paul often had to work as a tentmaker to support himself, but when godly men came to help, he was able to devote himself to the ministry of the Word. The calling to support such men as Paul is as important as the calling to preach. Both are needed.