Acts Chapter Eighteen (NIV)
Acts Chapter Eighteen (NASB)
Verses 1-17: Paul preaches and teaches in Corinth.
Verses 18-23: Paul ends his second missionary journey and returns to Antioch.
Verses 24-28: Apollos learns the Gospel and refutes his opponents in Corinth.
II. KEY PASSAGES
Acts 18:7--"And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue." Paul moves in to a house next door to the Jewish synagogue. This couldn't have pleased Paul's Jewish opponents.
Acts 18:17--"And they all seized Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to any of this." Once again, Paul's preaching got other people in trouble. Here the ruler of the synagogue (who had most likely become a Christian) was beaten in order to vent anger at Paul.
Acts 18:24-25--"Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John." Apparently, Apollos knew some of the facts about Jesus' life and ministry, without knowing the full Gospel. Priscilla and Aquila explain things more fully to him.
Acts 18:27-28--"When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus." Here vigorously refuting non-Christians in public is considered a "great help" to believers.