The Story of His Church List

Tentmakers

From Athens Paul went to Corinth, another Greek city. Here he became acquainted with a man and his wife who had just come to Corinth. They were Aquila and Priscilla, Jewish tentmakers.

Paul, too, knew how to make tents. While in Corinth he worked with Priscilla and Aquila during the week. On the Sabbath he preached in 

the synagogue. Silas and Timothy joined Paul in Corinth. How glad he was to see them! About this time Paul was led by the Spirit to speak more boldly about Christ in the synagogue. Many of the Jews were stirred up at this, so Paul turned to preach to the Gentiles.

Among the Jews who believed was Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue. He and his household believed and were baptized in the name of Jesus. Because the Jews who worshiped at the synagogue would not accept the gospel, the believers worshiped next door at the home of Justus.

One night the Lord told Paul in a dream, "Do not be afraid. Speak boldly. I am with you, and no man will hurt you here. I have many people in this city who will believe on me when they hear your words."

And Paul obeyed the Lord. For a year and a half he preached the gospel in Corinth to all who would listen. Many believers were added to the church.

The Jews who did not believe were afraid to let Paul go on preaching. Too many people were believing on Christ. The Jewish leaders seized Paul and took him before Gallio, the ruler of the city. They told Gallio, "This man persuades people to break the Law by the way they worship God."

Paul opened his mouth to speak. Before he could say a word Gallio said, "0 you Jews, if it were a matter of right or wrong, I would listen to you. Since it is a question of your law, I will not be a judge in this case."

The crowd was so angry that they grabbed one of the leaders of the synagogue and beat him, but Gallio did not pay any attention to them.

Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time before deciding to return to Jerusalem. When he got ready to sail, Aquila and Priscilla went with him as far as Ephesus.

After attending the Feast of the Passover at Jerusalem, Paul went on to Antioch to visit the church where he had been one of the first pastors.


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