Christians are not immune to troubles as we live out a gospel-centered life, but we can learn that God is faithful to bring us through them all. Acts 19 tells the story of Paul and his traveling companions facing a potential threat to their lives as a riot broke out over the fact that the message of Jesus was turning people away from serving idols. The real problem that the men who stirred up the angry mob had was the fact that their livelihoods were being affected because they were silversmiths who profited from the sale of idols. God proves His love for His followers by using a pagan government official to bring about a peaceful resolution to the situation.
This message is part of our series “The Ripple Effect.” The purpose of this series is to learn more about the life of Jesus and the story of the early church through the writings of Luke. Having looked at some of the highlights of the Gospel of Luke earlier this year, we now will turn our attention to his 2nd writing, the book of Acts. This book follows the history of the Holy Spirit’s influence on the early church and the beginning of the spreading of the Gospel to the corners of the earth. The book of Acts ends abruptly because the mission of the church is ongoing and is to be continued in our day and time by the power of the Holy Spirit.