Rev. Clint Smith
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God never intended the Christian to walk the journey of life alone. As a matter of fact, Jesus promised in Matthew 28:20, never to leave us or forsake us. Today we see God sending Paul encouragement to keep on keeping on. Paul was grateful.
Paul left Athens after engaging the philosophers with the Gospel at the Areopagus. Note: Some believed the message. Paul was thankful.
God directed Paul next to Corinth. Corinth was a wealthy, political capital city. It was the center for worshipping the false god of fertility – Aphrodite. The city was full of immorality.
God intersected Paul’s life with two great saints of the New Testament, Aquila and Priscilla. Paul stayed with them and he worked with them making tents. Paul was thankful.
Paul preached every Sabbath and tried to persuade both Jews and Greeks as was his custom. They opposed him and rejected the message of Jesus. (Romans 1:16)
Silas and Timothy joined him from Macedonia, Paul was thankful.
God blessed Paul with a place to stay right next to the synagogue. This home belonged to a new believer named Justus. Paul was thankful.
The leader of the synagogue and his whole household believed and were baptized along with many of the people of Corinth. Paul was thankful. (1 Corinthians 1:1-9)
The Lord spoke words of affirmation to Paul and encouraged him to continue preaching in faith, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul relied on the Holy Spirit to protect him. Paul stayed 18 months. Paul was thankful. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)
After a major dispute in the city, God gave Paul favor before the proconsul. Paul did not have to defend himself. Paul was thankful.