Beginning with the last paragraph of chapter 18 (vss. 24-28), we have an account of Paul’s third mission-ary journey through Asia Minor and Greece. The events of chapter 19 tell of his time at Ephesus, the loca-tion at which he spent a total of three years (20:31). The chapter tells of his finding disciples who had not heard of the Holy Spirit (1-10). It explains that Paul did miracles there and converted many, including some who having practiced magic burned their books of great value. It tells of a great riot instigated by a craftsman who made shrines to the goddess Diana and intended to stop the preaching of the gospel. The city assembly came together and considered all these matters against Paul and the Christians.
- Seven sons of Sceva
- Timothy and Erastus
- Gaius and Aristarchus
Preaching to the people of Ephesus
Exorcists, sons of a priest
Sent by Paul to Macedonia
A silversmith, leader of opposition
Paul’s Greek companions
A Jewish leader in the assembly
- City theater
A city on the west coast of Asia Minor where Paul established a local church
Where the last half of the chapter occurs - where the town assembly met
For salvation from sin, one must be baptized “in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
The miracles of the apostles were designed to cause people to call on the name of the Lord
The gospel may be met with strong opposition. Many find even civil venues to oppose Christians.