Anyone raised in a family environment has their own share of family secrets. These little tid-bits of reality are usually kept within the small family circle. Some secrets may be dark while others are filled with light, spontaneity, perhaps a bit embarrassing, and often downright funny.
Did you know that those of us who have been born into God’s family also have a family secret? There is something that we know that those who are not part of God’s forever family do not know.
Today in Acts 19 we come to verses 8-20 where we clearly see God at work through the life of Paul. As he faces opposition, God uses even that to further the Gospel to Jews and Greeks alike throughout Asia.
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus and on his arrival he found some disciples and asked them a strange question. Their answer stuns us.
Even John the Baptist had talked about the Holy Spirit, and one would certainly expect his followers to respond differently. From what we know in this brief account, these men were even less advanced than Apollos, placing their singular focus on John the Baptist.
This morning we'll look at that unique encounter that Paul had with these disciples upon his return.
As we look at this account in Acts 18, it describes the growth of the church, but also gives us insight into how Christians mature. It’s this stage of physical growth that I want to compare to the spiritual growth of a Christian.