Pray that God would continue calling people to Himself through us: Here’s a portion of a recent email I sent to several fellow pastors in our community:
“Go on speaking and do not be silent for the Lord is with you and no one will attack you to harm you. WHY? For the Lord has many people in our city that he is going to call to himself through you.”
Pray that we might experience in greater ways the ministry of the Holy Spirit among us as the paraclete (the one called alongside to help).
Pray that we would value spiritual friendships and ministry partnerships and work hard at cultivating and valuing them (18:2-3,5).
Ask the Lord to give you an increased capacity to recall His promises when you are discouraged (18:9-10).
Ask the Lord to make us a church that is mighty in the Scriptures (v.24).
Pray that our church would have a greater fervor for the Lord and that we would teach about Jesus accurately (v.25).
May the Lord grant to us and our children a hunger for His truth and the teachable spirit of Apollos (v.26).
May we be a church who offers practical help to those who have believed through grace (v.27). For those who believe in Christ, it is through grace that they believe.
Ask the Lord to raise up new apologists for His church like Apollos who would serve winsomely and effectively as mighty defenders of our faith (v.28).
Ask the Lord to move in the hearts of His people at Trinity so that we “cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God” (2 Cor. 7:1).
In classical Greek korintheazdo (literally, to “Corintheanize”) became a synonym for fornication. At the center of Corinth was the temple of Aphrodite, which employed thousands of female slave/priestesses who who were engaged in prostitution.