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  1. “Working Together” Ephesus: The Third Missionary Journey

  2. Part 1 The Setup

  3. 1st Journey

  4. 2ndJourney NO NO

  5. 2ndJourney YES! We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:3-5

  6. 2ndJourney YES!

  7. 2ndJourney Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Romans 12:1 “I’m busy right now…”

  8. What happened in “The Church” at Jerusalem? Probably This: • After we arrived in Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. And the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present. After he had greeted them, he began to relate one by one the things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. Acts 21:17-19 • And when they heard it they began glorifying God; and they said to him, "You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the Law!” Acts 21:20

  9. Paul’s “Identity” Problems Hey guys, I’m one of you! If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless. Philippians 3:4-6

  10. I will be aMUCH GREATER Rocket Scientist soon, old man! Our “Identity” Problems I am a GREAT Rocket Scientist, you punk!

  11. Our “Identity” Problems Yeah, but I’m YOUNG and Beautiful, y’old bag! I’m the most beautiful of all you wenches! I am so BEAUTIFUL I’m just clueless!(But beautiful!)

  12. Our “Identity” Problems I wish I had a pink purse! Yeah, but I’ve got a nice, pink purse! I am a bad-ass, mo-fo concrete worker!

  13. Our Old “Identity” Is SO USELESS! We’ve got to hear God’s “NO”Before we can hear His “YES”

  14. And working together with Him, we urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain— 2 Corinthians 6:1 Part 2 “Working Together”

  15. Meanwhile, Back at Ephesus… Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, being acquainted only with the baptism of John; and he began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. And when he wanted to go across to Achaia, the brethren encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him; and when he had arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ. Acts 18:24-28

  16. Paul Joins God’s “YES” And having spent some time there, he left and passed successively through the Galatian region and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. Acts 18:23 It happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus, and found some disciples. He said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said to him, "No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit." Acts 19:1-3

  17. Paul Joins God’s “YES” And he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" And they said, "Into John's baptism." Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.“ When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying. There were in all about twelve men. Acts 19:3-7 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive… John 7:38-39

  18. The Empowered Life Replaced “The Church” And he entered the synagogue and continued speaking out boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. But when some were becoming hardened and disobedient, speaking evil of the Way before the people, he withdrew from them and took away the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. This took place for two years, so that all who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks. Acts 19:8-10

  19. “working together with Him” — 2 Corinthians 6:1 God is not Bound by Our Social Damage

  20. “working together with Him” — 2 Corinthians 6:1 "From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" John 7:38-39 • the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:3-5