Paul's Missionary Journeys

Mission in Corinth

Acts 18:1-17

After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. Acts 18:1




City: "Corinth was on a plateau overlooking the isthmus connecting central Greece to the north with th Peloponnesus to the south. It was built on the north side of the Acrocorinth, and acropolis rising precipitously to 1,886 fieet and providing an almost impregnable fortress for the city. To the east was the port of Cenchrea on the Saronic Gulf leading out to the Aegean Sea and to the west, the port of Lechaeum on the gulf of Corinth opening to the Adriatic. Smaller ships were actually dragged over wooden rollers across the isthmus for the three and one-half miles between Cenchrea and Lechaeum...in 27 B.C. it became the capital of the Roman province of Achaia...population...over 200,000..., local Greeks, freedmen from Italy, Roman army veterans, businessmen and governmental officials, and Orientals...including a large number of Jews...to corinthianize meant to be sexually immoral..." (Longenecker 1981:480)

Summary: In Corinth, Paul met a Jew named Aquila and his wife, Priscilla. Paul went to see them and ended up staying with them and working for them as a tentmaker. On every Sabbath he went to the synagogue and reasoned with those there, trying to persuade both Jews and Greeks. At this time Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia to join him in the ministry. Paul devoted himself to convincing the Jews that Jesus was indeed the Christ, but they opposed him and became abusive to him. He shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am clear of my responsibility. From now on I will go to the Gentiles." Paul then left the synagogue and began preaching next door at the home of Titius Justus, who was a worshiper of God. Many of the Corinthians believed and were baptized.
One night, the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision, and comforted him, telling him not to be afraid and to keep preaching the gospel. The Lord reassured Paul that no harm would come to him, so he stayed for a year and a half teaching the word of God. While Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him to court, charging him with teaching people to worship God in ways other than what the Law commanded. Before Paul could speak, Gallio ejected them all from the court, not wanting to get involved with the religious problems of the Jews. In response, they turned on Sosthenes, the synagogue ruler and beat him in front of the court, with no response from Gallio.

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