Welcome to The Cyber Church of
Eufaula, Oklahoma Pastor, James West
-|- This Sermon published July, 1997
The Power of the gospel!
Acts 19:1-7 And it came to pass,
that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to
Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy
Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether
there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And
they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the
baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which
should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard [this], they were
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon
them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And
all the men were about twelve.
Ephesus grew at the mouth of the Cayster River. It was
a Greek Colony, a trade center. Tourists came to worship Diana, the sex godess. Gold and
silver smiths thrived in Ephesus making images and icons of Diana and other, mostly
It may be compared to San Francisco or Los Angeles. Or
Sodom or Gomorrah. What Aphrodite was to Corinth, Diana was to Ephesus.
And Paul came to Ephesus and found certain (12)
disciples. These were already disciples but they had not been exposed to the Holy Ghost.
Acts 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye
received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as
heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
Acts 18:24-25 And a certain Jew named
Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, [and] mighty in the scriptures, came to
Ephesus. This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the
spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of
Apollos had been to Ephesus. Might have been among
this very group and just not present when Paul came through. At any rate, he knew only the
baptism of John when Aquila and Priscilla ran on him in the Ephesian Synagog.
Acts 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in
the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto [them], and
expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
Apollos had been a believer twenty six years. He had
been taught in the great schools at Alexandria. He had studies to show himself approved.
He was fervent (very hot) in the spirit.
He taught diligently, BUT he was not baptized in the
When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they knew he
needed something! Have you ever listened to a preacher and KNEW he needed something?
So they expounded the way of the Lord more perfectly!
They brought him to the baptism of the Holy Ghost! I've seen and listened to preachers
that made me want to grab them by the throat and shake some anointing into them! So much
effort, so much studying! Such dull and boring sermons!
Apollos was "FERVENT in the spirit!" When we
are first saved - before the Baptism, we are "ON FIRE for God!
We study, learn everything we can!
Compare the steam engine:
Cold water has no power.
As it becomes warm it becomes pleasant to the touch.
Just before boiling it can cause severe burn. It can
kill some germs and plants.
At 211 degrees it is as powerful as it can get without
boiling, but not as powerful as it CAN be!
BUT at 212 degrees it turns to STEAM! It's POWER is
THIS power cannot be contained! It can move trains and
ships! It can run sawmills and automobiles! It can take an old oily, greasy, filthy engine
and clean it as clean as the day it came off the assembly line!
AND we can tell people about Jesus. If we are fervent
enough, some will believe. We can live for God. We can go to heaven. We can give to the
poor, support the Church and exhibit the Love of Christ . . .
But something is missing! We do not have the Power of
the Holy Ghost! We need "The Way of God more perfectly!"
We see in verse 28 that Apollos now MIGHTILY CONVINCED
Acts 18:27-28 And when he was disposed to
pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he
was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: For he mightily
convinced the Jews, [and that] publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.
At first he taught diligently, as if by obligation.
NOW he was effective! What he said MOVED people! Changed their lives! Brought them to
Christ! He spoke Mightily! Powerfully!
Paul went to Ephesus. Aquila and Prescilla LEFT
Ephesus and Apollo moved on to Achaia where he worked with others who "believed
through grace!", probably teaching them "The Way of God more perfectly!"
AND bringing the Jews to their messiah!
When they are empowered with "Power from on
High", God's ministers:
Go WHERE they are needed!
Go WHEN they are needed!
AND they are able to do WHAT is needed!