“Meeting New Friends”

“Meeting New Friends”
Woodlawn Baptist Church
April 13, 2011

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.  There is no commandment greater than these.” ~Mark 12:31

Three Friends Worked Together (Acts 18:1-4 18-19 24-28 NIV)

After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.  There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.  Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greek on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sisters and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae because of a vow he had taken.  They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.

Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures.  He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John.  He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately. When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.  For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.

Something to think about: We MUST love our neighbors as we do ourselves. God takes our love for Him and others seriously; after all, these are the greatest commandments.  When meeting new people and developing new friendships, always consider how you all may be a blessing to each other for the good of the Lord.  Find a good friend who will be there to encourage you AND help you to live a righteous life.

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