Acts + Letters Lesson 20 Day 5

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Acts 20:13-21:15

Questions for Acts and Letters of the Apostles Lesson 20

Paul says goodbye and heads to Jerusalem.

13. Paul sent for the elders in Ephesus.

On this occasion, Paul isn’t doing the work of an evangelist. Instead, he exhorts the elders to serve and guard the flock from insiders and outsiders.

Paul announces that he probably won’t see them again. (v. 25)

What he shares with them face to face follows the same pattern as his letters.

He didn’t evangelize and move on. He stayed in touch for three years.

His motives were pure he wasn’t a greedy opportunist. “Without a heart of sacrifice there can be no real effective, eternal ministry—and it should be a glad sacrifice, knowing the blessedness of it all.” (enduringword.com)

Paul served the Lord with all humility, with many tears, and through persecution by the Jews. (v. 19)

Paul “knelt down and prayed with them all.” (v. 36)

Relevance for today

Do modern evangelists have such deep fatherly love for their converts and take responsibility for discipling them to maturity? I hope so. If not, I pray God raises up mature believers to walk alongside them.

He declared “the whole purpose and plan and counsel of God.” (v. 27 AMPC) His teaching equipped them to build the bride of Christ from house to house and raise up others to continue the work he established. Our generation needs to be equipped to do the same.

I believe we will see another great awakening. Paul’s words and example train us to serve as elder brothers and sisters if we take them to heart.

Jesus went about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them because they were harassed and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest indeed is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:35-38)

14. Paul testified fully—

“to Jews and non-Jews to turn from sin to God and to have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (v. 21 TPT)

The truths of grace, faith and repentance

Jesus came to establish a new covenant.

We are saved by God’s grace—favor we don’t deserve and didn’t work for) through believing in the Lord Jesus Christ.

15. Paul’s foreknowledge challenges me.

Paul knew his future and took the time to provide instruction and say heartfelt goodbyes to his true family.

“He entrusted them into God’s {hands} and to the word of his grace, which can build up, and to give [them] the inheritance among all the sanctified.” (v. 32)

Personal application

Don’t count my life dear to myself, but finish my race with joy pouring my life into all that he has called me to do.


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