Paul moved on from Corinth and ended up in Ephesus. When He arrived in Ephesus he met up with some disciples. They repented and accepted Christ, but only was baptised for repentence. Paul laid hands on the disciples and they received the Holy Spirit. They immediately spoke in tongues and prophecied. Paul continued his ministry and grew the church in Ephesus. He had an amazing ministry and even healed people by touching handkerchiefs and aprons and sending them out. It was great two year ministry and provided great growth and stability for the church and region.
How important did the Church become? Well Timothy became the pastor for a time. Then the Apostle John became the pastor for a time and was finally exiled to the island of Patmos where he wrote Revelations. Interestingly, the first church John reviewed in revelations was the Church in Ephesus. That church was known as a great church that did great things. John told them that they had simply lost its first love.
Ephesus was significant in the group of churches. The Ephesians taught us that it is not what we accomplish that makes us a Christian; it is our faith that redeems us. Our acts and traditions do not improve our standing with God, we simply need to trust and love the Lord with our hearts. It is also Paul’s letter to the Ephesians that reminds us that “It is by faith we are saved through faith, and not of ourselves. It is a gift from God not of works lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9. The Church at Ephesus became a central church in the growth of the faith. We see it was started because Paul continued his journey as God led Him.
God Bless You
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[a] 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[b] and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.
8 Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. 9 But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.