While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”
“John’s baptism,” they replied.
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.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.
Paul is on his way back to Antioch from Greece. As he travels, he stops off at various places to encourage the young churches that he planted on his outward journey and that are still taking root. Here he preaches one of the longest sermons of all times. I wonder what the longest sermon you have ever heard was and whether you felt drowsy enough to fall asleep during it. In falling asleep this young man actually falls out of the window. He may have been dead or perhaps unconscious ‘with his life still in him’! He is soon restored, and Paul keeps on preaching until dawn. Preaching, talking, teaching are a really important part of the life of the church, perhaps we should all pray to become better preachers and better listeners.