Acts 18 | Cassandra Jones – PAX Christian Church (ACTS 11/14/21)

Every believer is a minister for Christ.

Cassandra Jones
This is the 08:30 AM service from PAX Christian Church on 11/14/21.

We are a non-denominational church in northern Nevada.
This current series is called “ACTS: The Holy Spirit Empowers the Church”.
Acts 18: Every believer is a minister for Christ.

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Message Notes

1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT
7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.

EVERY BELIEVER IS A MINISTER FOR CHRIST

1 Corinthians 12:22 NLT
22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.

1 Corinthians 12:29-31 NLT
29 Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? 30 Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not! 31 So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.

Acts 18:1-3 NIV
1 After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.

Acts 18:4-6 NIV
4 Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. 5 When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. 6 But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”

Acts of the Apostles 18:1-8 NLT
1 Then Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he became acquainted with a Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently arrived from Italy with his wife, Priscilla. They had left Italy when Claudius Caesar deported all Jews from Rome. 3 Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakers just as he was. 4 Each Sabbath found Paul at the synagogue, trying to convince the Jews and Greeks alike. 5 And after Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul spent all his time preaching the word. He testified to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. 6 But when they opposed and insulted him, Paul shook the dust from his clothes and said, “Your blood is upon your own heads—I am innocent. From now on I will go preach to the Gentiles.” 7 Then he left and went to the home of Titius Justus, a Gentile who worshiped God and lived next door to the synagogue. 8 Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, and everyone in his household believed in the Lord. Many others in Corinth also heard Paul, became believers, and were baptized.

MINISTRY IS NOT MEANT TO BE DONE ALONE

Philippians 2:20-23 NLT
20 I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare. 21 All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ. 22 But you know how Timothy has proved himself. Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News. 23 I hope to send him to you just as soon as I find out what is going to happen to me here.

Romans 16:3-5 NLT
3 Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in the ministry of Christ Jesus. 4 In fact, they once risked their lives for me. I am thankful to them, and so are all the Gentile churches. 5 Also give my greetings to the church that meets in their home.Greet my dear friend Epenetus. He was the first person from the province of Asia to become a follower of Christ.

Acts of the Apostles 18:9-11 NLT
9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, “Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent! 10 For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you, for many people in this city belong to me.” 11 So Paul stayed there for the next year and a half, teaching the word of God.

MINISTRY IS DONE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

So who are you pouring into for Christ?
Who are you passing the truth of the Gospel to?
Ministry is for every believer.
It’s is not meant to be done alone.
It’s meant to be done in partnership and with the Holy Spirit.
When done right, it leads to multiplication.

Ephesians 4:16 NLT
16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

Acts of the Apostles 18:18-20 NLT
18 Paul stayed in Corinth for some time after that, then said good-bye to the brothers and sisters and went to nearby Cenchrea. There he shaved his head according to Jewish custom, marking the end of a vow. Then he set sail for Syria, taking Priscilla and Aquila with him. 19 They stopped first at the port of Ephesus, where Paul left the others behind. While he was there, he went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews. 20 They asked him to stay longer, but he declined.

EFFECTIVE MINISTRY PARTNERSHIPS LEAD TO MULTIPLICATION

Acts of the Apostles 18:24-26 NLT
24 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. 25 He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. 26 When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.

Who in your life has modeled Christ for you?
Who, because of their relationship with you, has spurred you onto greater heights of living out the Gospel?

Acts of the Apostles 18:27-28 NLT
27 Apollos had been thinking about going to Achaia, and the brothers and sisters in Ephesus encouraged him to go. They wrote to the believers in Achaia, asking them to welcome him. When he arrived there, he proved to be of great benefit to those who, by God’s grace, had believed. 28 He refuted the Jews with powerful arguments in public debate. Using the Scriptures, he explained to them that Jesus was the Messiah.

2 Timothy 2:2 NLT
2 You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.

So who are you pouring into for Christ?
Who are you passing the truth of the Gospel to?
Ministry is for every believer.
It’s is not meant to be done alone.
It’s meant to be done in partnership and with the Holy Spirit.
When done right, it leads to multiplication.


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