Summary: Years after Paul’s death and all the disciples but John, in Revelation 2:2-4 Jesus say’s, “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and hav
Erosion Acts 19:8-9
8 And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God. 9 But when 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.
This was Paul third missionary journey, Paul’s in Ephesus he was there for a total of three years, so this church was founded on solid Biblical teaching.
Paul finds 12 coverts of John and questions them in verse 3-4 …“Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus… and then he lays hands on them all, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
Charles Swindoll say’s in his latest book Church Awakening, The school of Tyrannus, “This always makes me smile when I read that last verse. The Greek name Tyrannus is from the same root as our word tyrant. I wonder if his mother named him that or if his name came from former students of his school! (Interesting: The Ephesian church got it’s start in a school.)
Acts 19:10 And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
Important: No demographic study underpinned the founding of this church. No secular marketing, neighborhood canvassing, or fleshly methods for enlarging the numbers occurred.
Simply Paul taught the word of God for more than two years… and validated His word with miracles.
Listen to Acts 19:11-12 Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, 12. so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.
*Not everyone was happy over this move of God and these miracles though.
When promotion receives more emphasis than the essentials- What are the essentials here at Crane Eater Community? God’s word, His fruit and His Spirit!
The church begins to erode. Here’s the definition for Erosion: The process of eroding or the condition of being eroded: erosion of the beach; progressive erosion of confidence in another person, or the legal system; erosion of the value of the dollar.
With Paul’s leadership and God’s word being taught and preached, it must have been an easy downhill slide. Right? Wrong, behind the scenes a price was being paid.
Satan hates when the word of God is declared, believed, and obeyed!
Acts 19:18-20 And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. 19 Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed. (50,000 pieces of silver, literally several million dollars!)