BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 14, Day 5: Acts 18:1-22

Summary of passage:  Paul next journeyed to Corinth where he met a tentmaker names Aquila and his wife Pricilla whom he stayed with and helped for a time.  He preached every Sabbath in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks to accept Jesus.  Having little luck after months of preaching, Paul one day announces he is giving up, telling the Jews it will be on their heads they haven’t accepted Jesus and he will turn to the Gentiles now.

Paul did have some success, converting Titius Justus and Crispus.

The Lord then encouraged Paul in a vision:  “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.  For I am with you.”  Paul stayed for another year and a half.

The Jews tried to attack Paul by bringing charges against him in Achaia in front of Gallio.  Gallio dismissed the complaint, telling them to work out their squabbles on their own since the matter was within their (Jewish) own law.  Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, was beaten because of it.

Questions:

15)  Personal Question.  My answer:  When I am at my lowest, usually something happens to pull me up:  a comment from someone, a hug from a child, a word, something in the Bible, or a peaceful night’s rest.  God comes alongside us in unexpected ways to encourage and tell us not to be afraid; to remind us to trust in Him.  It encourages me to focus on my writing despite the chaos around me.

16a)  It seems to me he had an attitude of “I can’t be bothered with such petty squabbles.”  He was more important and had much more important things to deal with then an argument he had no interest in.  He didn’t even care Sosthenes was beaten in front of him.  He was indifferent and apathetic.  He probably thought all these people were beneath him since he was a Roman citizen and most Jews were not.

b)  Concern

Conclusions:  The scene with Paul reminds us that God is always with us even in our most trying trials.  The scene with Gallio gives us insight into Roman culture in the first century AD.  If you weren’t Roman, forget about justice.

This scene also shows how something insignificant as this scene  in Gallio’s mind (I doubted he even remembered it) could be so significant to the spread of Christianity.  Gallio (proconsul in 51-52 AD) by his actions officially gave Christianity protection by lumping it into Judaism (a recognized religion within the Roman Empire).  Gallio was the brother to the well-known philosopher Seneca.  His actions gave Paul the protection he needed in order to continue his work in Corinth.

This goes to show how sometimes consequences of our actions are unknown and could have serious ramifications.  Good lesson for everyday decisions in our own lives:  to remember we can’t always see the consequences of our decisions.

End Note:  Map showing Corinth:  http://www.apostlepaulthefilm.com/paul/journey_02.htm

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3 comments on “BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 14, Day 5: Acts 18:1-22

  1. Eve says:

    Thanks for all your help this year with our BSF questions, I wish for you and your family a wonderful New Year. Dont give up we need you, do not bend under the pressure what you do is wonderful.
    Blessings

    • denise says:

      I just read your thoughts on the BSF person who asked you to not print out your answers/about the people who weren’t doing the lessons, just copying yours. I want to say to you that when i do log onto your site, I do look at what you put, i think about what you said, sometimes the Holy Spirit will really speak to me, other times I just think about your answer.. i have used them from time to time when i am just stuck.. even after praying about a particular answer when nothing comes, it is like having a good friend to share the lesson with. I agree, if someone is just copying then they might as well drop out. That is not study. You are right as well, BSF is very hard, but oh so worth it. I have learned so much in the past 5 years. I try to do a study in the summer too and am amazed at how they overlap.. God is so good, HE wants us to know Him and His word. Forgive my rambling, but i just want to thank you again and encourage you to keep pressing on, running the race..
      denise

  2. chemunhu says:

    thank you for your answer, they are very helpful not copying but going through and seeing your comments. There are so many ways to kill a cat, and we do need that when we study gods word.
    it gives one a wide interpretation of Gods way and his uniqueness.The way he used the disagreement of Paul and barnabas , for his good. the gospel spread.

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