Acts 19 Lesson

Getting Involved In Our Communities


There is an old expression:

  • “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.”  

This statement is certainly true when it comes to sharing the Gospel!

As Christians, we need to be involved in one another’s lives if we are going to be successful in our efforts to share the Gospel. 

If we do not know our neighbors, how do we know what they need? 

How can we serve them?


There was a preacher once who gave a brilliant lesson about the importance of getting involved in our communities.  

The church he served was in the center of a tough neighborhood with a lot of crime.  

This preacher chose to live near the church.  

This was a first for the congregation. 

Because of the high crime rate, previously no other preacher had chosen to live in the area.  They all commuted in from the suburbs.

This preacher chose to live in the community that he served, and was actively involved in the daily lives of its residents:

  • He ate where they ate and would talk to them as he walked through town,  
  • He knew who was struggling, and what their struggles were,
  • He listened to people,
  • He learned about them and would ask them questions.    

This preacher later reflected on his experience and what he had learned from it:

  • “As I got to know people, they opened up and shared personal stories about their lives.   When they would ask for my advice or opinion, I would always quote scripture to them.   My answers always came from the Bible.   I did not force it on them, they had to initiate the discussion, but when they asked my opinion, I always shared the proper scripture. That is how I evangelize.”

This preacher was successful in his efforts to share the Gospel because he got involved in his community and took an interest in the people around him. 

So should we!


A similar thing happened to Paul while he was in Ephesus. 

In Acts Chapter 19, we see the following exchange between Paul and the Ephesians:  

  • The Ephesians: “No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”(Acts 19:2)

  • The Ephesians: “Into John’s baptism.”(Acts 19:3)

  • Paul: “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” (Acts 19:4)

Luke writes in verses 5-7:

  • “When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying.  There were in all about twelve men.” – Acts 19:5-7.


When Jesus was on Earth, He did not isolate Himself from the people.  

He was out among the multitudes, in people’s homes, and involved in their lives. 

In today’s world, it can be easy to isolate ourselves and live in our own little bubbles.  

With advances in technology, it is far too easy to confine ourselves to our own homes and live our own lives without ever getting to know the people around us. 

That is not how God intended for us to live!  

Scripture after scripture tells us about the importance of loving our neighbors. 

To do that, we need to know what is going on in their lives.  

And as we form relationships with the people around us, the idea is that they will see our love for Jesus, and they will ask us questions.  

When they do, we should follow the example of the preacher in the story above, and answer with the right scripture at the right time.

That is one of the best ways for us to evangelize, and tell others the good news of Jesus!


Because Paul was involved in the community, He knew the right question to ask, and he asked it.  

Just like Paul, we need to be involved in our communities to increase our chances of being successful in sharing the Gospel.

  • “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.”  

If we take a genuine interest in the people around us, God will bless us with opportunities to share the Gospel.

And when we do, we will make the world a better place, and God will be glorified!

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture.

It reminds us of the importance of getting to know and love our neighbor:

  • “I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another.   By this all people will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another.” - John 13:34-35.


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Pat Dermody

If we choose to stay in the comfortable environment of our own church community, then to whom do we spread the word? It is only by going outside our comfort zone that we can reach out to others by word and example.

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Agreed. Getting to know people takes work, sometimes a lot of work. It can be hard "putting ourselves out there" sometimes.

But from today's lesson, I see it as work that I do for the Lord. As a servant of God, we do not want to isolate ourselves.


I agree with you, John. People need God's people to be "shining lights in the world" even though God's people are in the midst of a "crooked and perverse generation" (Philippians 2:15).

Dan W

When our son and daughter-in-law were missionaries in Cambodia, most missionaries chose to live in American style housing in a different section of Phnom Penh from what the local residents experienced. They determined to live closer to the people, to shop where they shop, to know them.


Just as Paul helped the Ephesians with their Christian walks, if we are lucky, we have had others help us along the way. It is a blessing to be able to support others as they learn about and follow Christ. We all need help and support.

Les Paul

Getting to know your community takes courage and empathy. We have to be deliberate in our thoughts and actions to spread the good news. Spread sunshine all over.

Les Paul

Good thoughts Les.