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Paul in Ephesus

Paul in Ephesus. Christians burn their books on the occult.
Contributed by Sweet Publishing
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After his second missionary trip Paul spent time in Antioch before setting off inland through Galatia and Phrygia encouraging the Christians who met there. He then made his way to Ephesus, the fourth largest city in the Roman Empire, with a population of over 250,000. – Slide 1
He met with the followers of Jesus in Ephesus and asked them. ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’ – Slide 2
‘No,’ they replied, ‘we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’ They had only heard and experienced John the Baptist’s baptism of repentance. – Slide 3
Paul explained that John the Baptist had told everyone to believe in the one who would come later, meaning Jesus. As soon as they heard this they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. – Slide 4
Then when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all. – Slide 5
For the next three months Paul preached in the synagogue. However, some Jews rejected his message and opposed Jesus being taught as ‘The Way’ to God. So Paul and the believers left the synagogue. For the next two years, Paul held daily discussions at the lecture hall of Tyrannus. Jews and Greeks throughout the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord. – Slide 6
God gave Paul the power to perform unusual miracles. When handkerchiefs or aprons that had merely touched his skin were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases, and evil spirits were expelled. – Slide 7
Some Jews tried to copy what Paul was doing. Seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest, were going from town to town casting out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus in their incantation, saying, ‘I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!’  – Slide 8
One time when they tried it, the evil spirit replied, ‘I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?’ – Slide 9
Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they had to run from the house. – Slide 10
The story of what happened spread quickly through Ephesus and the name of the Lord Jesus was greatly feared and honored. Many who became believers confessed their sinful ways. A number of them who had been practising sorcery brought their expensive occult books and burned them at a public bonfire. So the message about the Lord spread widely and powerfully. – Slide 11
Afterward Paul was compelled by the Holy Spirit to go over to Macedonia and Achaia before going to Jerusalem. He sent his two assistants, Timothy and Erastus, ahead to Macedonia while he stayed a little longer in Asia. – Slide 12
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