Acts 19:1-7 (NIV)
1 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. 4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.
- What is happening in this passage?
- How do you understand it?
- What “belief systems” are affecting the people in this passage?
- What is Paul’s motivation?
- Do you think the “disciples’ were offended?
- Would you have been offended?
- What incorrect or incomplete understanding about God did these disciples have?
- What did learning about the baptism of Jesus set free in these disciples lives?