Paul in Ephesus
“Leaving A Legacy”
1. Look at Ephesus
- Second largest city in Roman World 250,000 People
- Harbor town
- Upper and lower entrance
Temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world)
- 425 feet long
- 220 feet wide
- 127 white marble columns (62 feet high)
- Took 220 years to build
- Considered guardian of the city.
1 Corinthians 16:8-9 But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me
1 Corinthians was written while Paul was in Ephesus
Many opposed Paul and his work
Center for the practice of magic arts Acts 19:18-20
2. The Legacy of Paul
500 years from now what would you like to be remembered for?
What would you like to pass on to the next generation?
Proverbs 16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver.
- It is more important to pass on God’s wisdom than money
- Leave a Moral example (Character is caught not taught)
Daniel 1:8 Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine.
- Encourage the young men to be self controlled
- In everything set a good example
- Show integrity in your teaching
They tried to imitate his external actions
They did not imitate his internal actions
LEGACIES LEAVE LASTING LOVE
3. Things that prevent us from leaving a legacy
There are four things that prevent us from leaving a legacy
Pleasure – “I want to feel good”
Possessions “I want lots of stuff”
Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon the earth where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Prestige “I want others to envy my life”
Power “I want to be in control”
1 Corinthians 3:11-15:
“For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire.”
What type of legacy can you leave?