June 23, 2021

Today’s reading is from Acts 19. I’m sitting here on the dock at the back of my family farm, because it’s a place where I can find peace and quiet my mind. Before we read, let me encourage you to find a similar place – whether that’s at your kitchen table with a cup of coffee, or in your car during your lunch break. We’re not reading just to get the words in our brain. We’re reading to hear what God has to say to us through these verses.

Acts 19:1-6
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”

They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”

“John’s baptism,” they replied.

Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 

As we read these verses again, let’s invite God to speak to us in three ways of increasing complexity. First, where do we need to repent? Second, how does that repentance point us towards Jesus as Lord? Finally, how is the Holy Spirit inviting us to respond to those first two questions?

Acts 19:1-6
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”

They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”

“John’s baptism,” they replied.

Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 

Let me invite you to sit with this passage for a couple of minutes before you move on with your day. As you do, may the Holy Spirit guide and empower you as you submit your life, in ever increasing measure, to the Lordship of Christ.

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