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A Silver Tongued Devil


Sermon shared by David Hallum

April 2009
Summary: Watch out for those folks who are more interested in the bottom line than people.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
A Silver Tongued Devil
Acts 19.21-26

Listen CAREFULLY to this letter from a father to his daughter’s EX-fiancé:
“Dear Tony:
I have been unable to sleep since I broke off your engagement to my daughter. Will you forgive and forget? I was much too sensitive about your Mohawk, tattoos, and pierced nose. I now realize that motorcycles aren’t that dangerous, and I really shouldn’t have reacted the way I did to the fact that you have no job. I’m sure that there are many very nice people who also live under a bridge in the park. Sure, she’s only 18, and she could go to Harvard on a full scholarship, but she wants to marry you! But you can’t learn everything about life just from books. I sometimes forget how backward I can be. I was wrong, I was a fool…but I have come to my senses, and you can have my full blessing to marry my daughter.
Your future father-in-law.
P.S. Congratulations on winning this week’s lottery!”

Thesis: Watch out for those folks who are more interested in the bottom line than people.

I. Things Accomplished by God through Paul

A. Paul’s Ministry at Ephesus 1

1. Paul came to Ephesus and found some disciples.
a. I love the way the Bible puts this:

(1) And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples

(2) he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" So they said to him, "We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit."

b. We learn several important things from this passage.

(1) Wherever Paul went, he looked for people to disciple.

(a) Sometimes this led to revival.

(b) Sometimes this let to riot.

(2) Wherever Paul went, he found people to disciple.

(a) This simply means that he was looking.

(b) May I submit that you cannot find what you are not looking for?

(3) Wherever Paul went, he left thriving spiritual beings behind.

(a) In a city of 250,000, Paul found a dozen disciples.

(b) This may, or may not, have been a great feat.

i) Where ten Jewish men lived, there was a synagogue.

ii) Paul may have found the synagogue in Ephesus.

2. Paul’s preaching

a. Paul spent three months boldly preaching Jesus at the Synagogue.

(1) Here we see the first hint of opposition.

(2) Some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus.

b. Paul spent two years in Ephesus.

(1) This continued for two years.

(2) All who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.

3. God’s miracles through Paul

a. God worked unusual miracles by Paul.

b. Handkerchiefs or aprons—diseases and demons.

4. Paul and the practice of magic

a. Those who practiced magic burned their books.

b. The value of the books was fifty thousand pieces of silver.

(1) $50,000 pieces of silver is a lot of money.

(2) I’d like to have…

(a) 50,000 nickels—$2,500

(b) 50,000 dimes—$5,000

(c) 50,000 quarters—$12,500

(d) 50,000 half-dollars—$25,000

(e) 50,000 silver dollars—$50,000

c. Because Paul was preaching, the word
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