About Youth Quizzing
The Bible quizzing program launched as a ministry of the Church of the Nazarene during the 1964 General Nazarene Youth People’s Convention. Immediately well-received, the quizzing ministry is a unique and exciting ministry for youth that combines Bible study, mentoring, competition, fellowship, discipleship, and mission. Merging all of these elements into a program attractive to teenagers, quizzing has become a successful, worthwhile, and worldwide ministry. In addition to developing a devotion to God’s Word and lifelong habits of Bible study in youth, quizzing creates and builds up a community of young disciples and servants, steadily adding to a vast pool of leadership and continually strengthening the church and its ministries. More and more teenagers and youth leaders are realizing just what an impact quizzing can have in their lives and in the lives of people around the world!
Week 19: Acts 19:1-7
Scripture references: Luke 3:16; John 7:39; Galations 3:26-27; Acts 2:4
Take A Closer Look
Having ended the previous chapter (Acts 18) telling us about Apollo, Luke returns to speaking of Paul. Paul did not return to Ephesus by the normal trade route but took the faster and more direct overland route. He seemed to be in a hurry to get back to Ephesus. When he arrived, he found a group of Christians who had something about them that caused him to question them regarding their faith. Paul found out that this group of Christians had not received the filling of the Holy Spirit—and in fact, they had not even heard of the Holy Spirit! During his ministry, John had taught of how Christ would baptize with the Holy Spirit, so this may mean that the group in Ephesus did not know it had already happened. It is possible that Apollos had taught these believers as he also had only known of the baptism of John. When Paul talked to these believers in Ephesus, he established that he understood John's teaching but then went on to explain the fulfillment of what John had prophesied. John's baptism was to show repentance but Christ's coming was the reason people needed to repent. As these 12 men of Ephesus listened to Paul, they understood his explanation and accepted his teaching. Since they were called "disciples," they were probably already Christians, just as Apollos had been, but they had not yet understood the power that should come with new life. As they were re-baptized (it is unclear why these followers were but Apollos was not) and accepted all Christ had to offer them, they received the power of the Holy Spirit and "spoke in tongues and prophesied."
What Does This Mean to Me? Is It Worth a Tweet?
There are many Christians in our churches today trying to live the Christian life without the power that the Holy Spirit brings. In fact, it seems that a lot of them have not even heard that they can have that power! They may have heard the words, but never understood that the Spirit is available to them.
You may not speak in tongues or prophesy (most of us don't!) but Paul could tell just by talking with these disciples that they were lacking something. Can people tell that you are filled with the Spirit or does your life seem to be lacking something, too?