Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. 9But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
This is the primary work of the church… and of my life, to spread the Word of the Lord. It comes as the Good News is taught, people discuss it and respond. Discussion is vitally important because this is how truth is process and applied to your life. We need other people. We need community. The repentance from sin and the changed lives it brings give a momentum to the Gospel in a church and community. In Ephesus it ‘grew in power.’ Well, no kidding! I want to lead other people in this direction; to experience what we read in Acts 19, but it begins with me. The Gospel is for me this day. It needs to be applied to my life and grow in power. This will happen as I humble myself, seek community and actively repent of things not of God. People will only follow me to that place if it is the direction I’m headed.
Father, You are the Holy God and above all others. I humbly submit to You today. Search me and know me today… and use me for Your own purposes is my prayer, in Christ’s Name.