Andrew Gardner speaks on Global Partnership Sunday 2018 and considers that God is for EVERYONE! looking at Acts 8:26-40.
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Very likely an Elder in the Jerusalem Church, he is recorded in two incidents, both of which occurred outside Jerusalem – the first in Antioch and the second in Caesarea by the Sea. An early church prophet who bought the first prophetic prediction in Acts of famine (which subsequently happened) but on his say so, a huge collection was made. The second prophecy was 15 years later concerning Paul’s death, which everyone accepted as true. A man who used his Spiritual Gifts with evident credibility which built the trust of the church. How does our credibility bear up?
Aquila and Priscilla met Paul in Corinth after they had fled Rome in Claudius’s persecution of the Jews, and were earning their living as tent-makers. They found Christ and a year and a half later Paul took them with him to Ephesus where the Church was established in their home. They mentored Apollos and supported Timothy when he became pastor. We consider the dynamics of this active Christian couple where, unusually for the time, Priscilla is often mentioned first, indicating her strong role in the couple’s witness and ministry behind the scenes.
Andrew Gardner considers a question that is asked in Acts 8:
‘Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptised?’