Acts 19



Acts 19 highlights Paul's ministry in Ephesus, including the baptism of disciples, his teaching in the synagogue and the hall of Tyrannus, the impact of extraordinary miracles, and the riot sparked by opposition to his message. The chapter underscores the transformative power of the Gospel and the challenges faced by early Christians in spreading the Good News.


  1. Disciples in Ephesus (Acts 19:1-7): Paul encounters a group of disciples in Ephesus who had received the baptism of John but were not aware of the Holy Spirit. Paul baptizes them in the name of Jesus, and they receive the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
  2. Ministry in the Synagogue and the Hall of Tyrannus (Acts 19:8-10): Paul initially teaches in the synagogue in Ephesus, but when some resist and speak evil of the Way, he moves to the hall of Tyrannus. For two years, Paul teaches there, and the message of the Lord spreads throughout Asia.
  3. Extraordinary Miracles (Acts 19:11-20): God works extraordinary miracles through Paul in Ephesus. Even handkerchiefs and aprons touched by Paul are used to heal the sick and cast out evil spirits. Some Jewish exorcists attempt to invoke the name of Jesus, but they are overpowered by the possessed man. Fear falls on the city, and many repent, confessing their sins and burning their magic books.
  4. Riot in Ephesus (Acts 19:21-41): Demetrius, a silversmith who makes shrines for the goddess Artemis, sees Paul's preaching as a threat to his business. He stirs up a crowd, leading to a riot in the city. The mob chants in support of Artemis, and the city clerk intervenes, calming the crowd and advising them to resolve the matter through legal channels.
  5. Paul's Departure (Acts 20:1): After the uproar settles, Paul decides to leave Ephesus and travel through Macedonia and Achaia. He then plans to go to Jerusalem.