Melissa Scott Wescott Christian Center

August 12, 2010

The 19th Chapter Of The Book Of Acts by Pastor Melissa Scott

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What is so easily dismissed as we read the Bible, and we seldom oh, you hear it now and again, the price that was paid to get the Book. Well, look at the price that was paid to set up the Church, and the complete ignorance everything that Paul had to, every hurdle he had to encounter, we’re just going to take a little glimpse of it in the 19th chapter of the book of Acts very quickly.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that starting at verse 1, “It came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: finding certain disciples.” Now listen, these are supposedly disciples. Listen! “He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? They said unto him, We’ve not heard of such a thing whether there be any Holy Ghost.” These are supposedly disciples. “And he said unto them, Unto what were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.” Get the frame of reference, and I’m going to build on this as we go.

The first thing he encounters are disciples that are not really disciples because if they were they would have been already Christ’s followers. They’re still in the Judaic frame of reference, 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.

When Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them, they began to speak in tongues, and prophesied. The men, about twelve.” Notice, and it’s not a, it’s not a mistake. We have the reoccurring numbers again, twelve. I’m sure that these people that he baptized become an integral part of the growing Church that will be, but ‘twelve’ is not, it’s not a mistake. “And he went into the synagogue, spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.”

Now if you have taken a look at Paul, you’ll know that probably he did a little bit more than “disputing and persuading” because he could be all things to all men. He probably won an awful lot of people to Christ, and I don’t like to use that word, though I just said it, but with the mindset that he’s fighting, all the odds are against him.

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