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Gospel Glory Transforms Lives and Culture

Ted VinatieriTed Vinatieri, November 13, 2016
Part of the Acts: You are My Witnesses series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

New Life Community Church, Stafford VA

Acts 19:21-20:1

21Now after these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome. 22And having sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timothy and Erastus, he himself stayed in Asia for a while. 23And about that time there arose no small stir concerning the Way. 24For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Diana, brought no little business unto the craftsmen; 25whom he gathered together, with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this business we have our wealth. 26And ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they are no gods, that are made with hands: 27and not only is there danger that this our trade come into disrepute; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana be made of no account, and that she should even be deposed from her magnificence whom all Asia and the world worshippeth. 28And when they heard this they were filled with wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesus. 29And the city was filled with the confusion: and they rushed with one accord into the theatre, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel. 30And when Paul was minded to enter in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not. 31And certain also of the Asiarchs, being his friends, sent unto him and besought him not to adventure himself into the theatre. 32Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was in confusion; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together. 33And they brought Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made a defense unto the people. 34But when they perceived that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians. 35And when the townclerk had quieted the multitude, he saith, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there who knoweth not that the city of the Ephesians is temple-keeper of the great Diana, and of the [image] which fell down from Jupiter? 36Seeing then that these things cannot be gainsaid, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rash. 37For ye have brought [hither] these men, who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of our goddess. 38If therefore Demetrius, and the craftsmen that are with him, have a matter against any man, the courts are open, and there are proconsuls: let them accuse one another. 39But if ye seek anything about other matters, it shall be settled in the regular assembly. 40For indeed we are in danger to be accused concerning this day's riot, there being no cause [for it]: and as touching it we shall not be able to give account of this concourse. 41And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly. 20:1 And after the uproar ceased, Paul having sent for the disciples and exhorted them, took leave of them, and departed to go into Macedonia. (ASV)

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