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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Does your work or profession hinder you to accomplish greater things for GOD? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that profession is nothing if it will not acknowledge GOD first. IV. TEXT: Acts 18:8

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I. EXORDIUM:

Does your work or profession hinder you to accomplish greater things for GOD?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that profession is nothing if it will not acknowledge GOD first.

IV. TEXT:

Acts 18:8 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, and everyone in his household believed in the Lord. Many others in Corinth also heard Paul, became believers, and were baptized.

V. THESIS:

Profession is nothing if it will not acknowledge GOD first.

VI. TITLE:

Crispus, synagogue leader

Character Study of Crispus

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Main theme: Missionary Campaigns in the Early Church

B. Author: Dr. Luke, the beloved physician

C. Date written: uncertain, probably 62 A.D.

D. Purpose: To document the growth of the early church.

E. To whom written: Specifically, Theophilus

Acts 1:1 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach

F. Key words: Holy Spirit and the Church

G. Key verses: Acts 1:8, Acts 2:42-47

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Crispus and his entire family believed the LORD.

He's Greek, baptized by Apostle Paul.

1 Corinthians 1:14 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius,

His position contradicts his belief in the LORD.

John 12:42 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue.

John 19:38 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus’ body. When Pilate gave permission, Joseph came and took the body away.

We know the solution. If our boss in our corporate job or work, does not permit us to go to church every Sunday, it's easy, just look for another job, it's not worth it, a person who does not acknowledge GOD is not successful anyway.

2 Chronicles 26:5 (New Century Version)

Uzziah obeyed God while Zechariah was alive, because he taught Uzziah how to respect and obey God. And as long as Uzziah obeyed the Lord, God gave him success.

Deuteronomy 33:13 (Amplified Bible)

And of Joseph he said: Blessed by the Lord be his land, with the precious gifts of heaven from the dew and from the deep that couches beneath,

Genesis 39:21 (Amplified Bible)

But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy and loving-kindness and gave him favor in the sight of the warden of the prison.

Genesis 39:23 (Amplified Bible)

The prison warden paid no attention to anything that was in [Joseph’s] charge, for the Lord was with him and made whatever he did to prosper.

B. An example to the Corinthians but never became a companion of Paul.

"Many others in Corinth also heard Paul, became believers, and were baptized."

Philippians 3:8 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ

Romans 12:16 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

James 1:9 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them.

2 Peter 3:17 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

I am warning you ahead of time, dear friends. Be on guard so that you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing.

He was somehow stopped by his reputation and his high title in this world that's why he never ended up as companion of Apostle Paul, unlike Gaius. He could have accomplished more.

Acts 19:29 (Amplified Bible)

Then the city was filled with confusion; and they rushed together into the amphitheater, dragging along with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians who were fellow travelers with Paul.

Acts 20:4 (Amplified Bible)

He was accompanied by Sopater the son of Pyrrhus from Beroea, and by the Thessalonians Aristarchus and Secundus, and Gaius of Derbe and Timothy, and the Asians Tychicus and Trophimus.

Romans 16:23 (Amplified Bible)

Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church here, greets you. So do Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus.

IX. CONCLUSION:

Profession is nothing if it will not acknowledge GOD first.

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