Teach And Preach
Then Paul went to the synagogue and preached boldly for the next three months, arguing persuasively about the Kingdom of God. But some became stubborn, rejecting his message and publicly speaking against the Way. So Paul left the synagogue and took the believers with him. Then he held daily discussions at the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for the next two years, so that people throughout the province of Asia—both Jews and Greeks—heard the word of the Lord. (Acts of the Apostles 19:8-10 NLT)
The Lord gave Paul a great ministry in Ephesus. He was able to reason with the Jews in the synagogue for three months without a threat of death or imprisonment. Some Jews were convinced and became believers but others were stubborn and obstinate. The Jews who didn't believe went public with their vocal opposition of the "Way" (Gospel of Jesus). Paul left the synagogue along with the followers of Christ. They began meeting in the school of Tyrannus. This was, apparently, a Greek school that was used to educate students in academics of Greek curriculum (courses of study). Whether Tyrannus simply gave the entire use of the school to Paul for teaching and preaching is uncertain. We do know that, at least, Paul was allowed to use the facility to promote the kingdom of God. It is certainly possible that Tyrannus was a disciple of Jesus himself. It is highly unlikely that an unbeliever would allow someone of an opposing view to use their facilities to teach anything that was contrary to their own acceptance. Regardless of ones opinion, Tyrannus did allow Paul to preach and teach there. God gave Paul some of his greatest ministry in Ephesus. For two years solid, he preached and taught. The message was so well heard and received that the entire area of Asia Minor (Turkey) heard the Word Of The Lord!
May God use us to teach and preach in every place and to every person that will listen. Shine the light! Carry the torch! Run the race! God Speed His servants as we obediently follow Him!
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Rev. Curtis Norris