As Paul and Priscilla and Aquila travel past Ephesus, they encounter both Apollos and some disciples of John of Baptist. Interestingly, both Apollos and John’s followers share a misconception about the baptism instituted by Jesus. This study of humility, courage, and even doctrine considers what it means to explain the way of God more adequately. Acts 18:24-28, Acts 19:1-7, John 3:3-5, Titus 3:5, Colossians 2:11-12, Acts 2:38
As Paul travels from city to city and from synagogue to synagogue along the Egnatian Way, we can marvel at the conditions arranged by God to make this second missionary journey such a success. Galatians 4:4, Daniel 2:24-45, Isaiah 44:28-45:1
As Paul enters Roman colonies on his second missionary journey, he begins to expand on the message of Grace. These colonies already knew of a societal Grace; it was the fabric that maintained connections and loyalties in the colonies. A clear understanding of Grace will help us marvel at the Gospel that changed both Paul and his hearers. Acts 15:36-16:12. 2nd Corinthians 8:9. 1st Corinthians 15:10-11
Pharisees entered the Church and looked to impose their sensibility on the Gospel message. The church and the Holy Spirit successfully delivered the Gospel from the potential limits of performance based religion. This was a major turning point for the early Church. It’s a major turning in our understanding of how we can live out Christianity without limits when we really get grace.