The Gospel Invades A City

The text for this sermon comes from Acts 19:21 – 20:1-6

These notes are available for Community Groups and your own personal Bible study time.

vs 21-22 Luke is adamant that we see that Paul was resolved or that he purposed in his heart to go in the Holy Spirit. Why? Luke wants us to know that Paul was directed by the Holy Spirit. Every city that Paul went to and the amount of time he stayed in that city was by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

This is important for us to know. You need to be so in tune with the Holy Spirit that when he whispers – you hear his voice.

Macedonia includes the churches in Phillipi, Thessalonica, and Berea. Achaia includes the churches in Corinth. Why is this important?

Luke is giving us a peek into how the rest of Acts folds out.

Paul will leave Ephesus where he has been for over two years. He will head to the churches in Macedonia and Achaia then to Jerusalem. From Jerusalem to Rome. All by the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

He sends Timothy and Erastus into Macedonia – probably to tell them that Paul is on his way to visit.

vs 23-24 A silversmith is a craftsman who makes objects from silver or gold. Plates, bowls, goblets, vases, silverware, and jewelry are just some of the items made by a silversmith.

Diocletian was the Roman emperor in 284. He gave an edict that said a silversmith could charge up to 300 denarii for their work. To give you an idea: 1 denarii is equal to $20. So, 300 denarii would be $6000.

Artemis is the goddess of the hunt, wild animals, childbirth and virginity.

The silversmiths made most of their money from selling shrines or idols of Artemis.

Demetrius, one of the more skilled and profitable silversmiths, was a good speaker. He knew how to use words to persuade people to take his side.

Demetrius accused Paul of persuading so many people with the gospel that it was starting to have an effect on his business. He was right. Paul did preach against idolatry. Also, people did come from all Asia and the world to Ephesus to worship Artemis.

Ephesus had a week long spring festival dedicated to Artemis.

Demetrius caused such an uproar that people flooded the theater. The theater could hold about 12,000 people and this is where all of the official city business went down.

vs 30-31 Paul was held back from entering the theater. He was the focus of the gathering. The disciples knew if Paul went into the theater something bad would happen.

Asiarchs are high ranking Roman imperials. Not even they would let Paul enter the theater.

vs 32-34 The assembly was in confusion because many people did not know why they met. They were just nosy and wanted to know what was going on.

They then took sides when the chant started. So, for two hours the crowd cried out.

Luke does not give us insight or background into who Alexander is. All we know is that he was not allowed to speak. Probably because he was Jewish and Jews were opposed to other gods. Exodus 20:3

vs 35-41 The town clerk was the head of the city, “mayor.” He was the go-between for Ephesus and the Romans. He calms the crowd and assures them the reputation of the city is safe.

Because the crowd was in danger of an illegal assembly, the clerk quickly turns the people to the courts. “Nothing more to see here.” He dismissed the assembly.

*What would it look like for the gospel to impact our community? Macon? Warner Robins? What would change? How would the economy, cities, churches, and people be affected?

20:1-6 – Paul leaves Ephesus for Macedonia. Macedonia – Greece – 3 months.

There is a plot against his life.

Paul sends his team ahead. Paul and Luke stayed around for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, left Phillipi and in five days their boat docked at Troas.

Here is the video from this sermon:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/25644590