Reflecting on Sunday! ?’s for Acts 20:17 – 38

Paul’s address to the Ephesian elders in vv.17-38 is the last recorded message to a church in Acts and is the only one addressed to a Christian audience in all of Acts. Let’s look more closely at who he is addressing, what he has to say them and why.

1. Who was Paul addressing and what terms did he use when referring to them in this speech? What is the significance of these terms?

2. What do you think was Paul’s intention in reviewing his ministry among them? Why do you think that?

3. What evidence is there here of the sincerity of Paul and the integrity of his ministry?

4. In Paul’s review he used a number of verbs that make it clear that his ministry revolved around the word of God. What are they? From this address, what do we learn was the content of the message Paul proclaimed throughout his ministry?

5. What did Paul warn the leaders about in vv. 28-31? What was he calling them to do?

6. In the middle of Paul address (vv. 22-24), he looked to the future as he focused on going to Jerusalem. Looking at this whole chapter, what similarities do you see between Paul and Jesus’ journeys to Jerusalem?

7. Finish this sentence. According to Paul in his address, being a leader of God’s people consists of….

8.  What’s the main theme of the passage?

Preparing for Sunday! “Taking a Day off”

This week’s Text  Acts 20:17 – 38  “A Fond Farewell”

[17] Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. [18] And when they came to him, he said to them:
“You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, [19] serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; [20] how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, [21] testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. [22] And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, [23] except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. [24] But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. [25] And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. [26] Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, [27] for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. [28] Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. [29] I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; [30] and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. [31] Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. [32] And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. [33] I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. [34] You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. [35] In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
[36] And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. [37] And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, [38] being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.

Taking the Day! Making Sunday Special

Reflecting on how God spoke this past Sunday to you!
“Encouraging the Sleeping”
Read Acts 20:1 – 12

Paul seems to have discerned a change in the direction of his ministry. As Luke told us in 19:21 after going to Jerusalem, Paul’s intention is to go to Rome. In this chapter, Paul has set his face towards Jerusalem and is hurrying to be there (20:16, 22), before he leaves for Rome. He takes time for one last visit to several churches.
1. Briefly summarize the passage. What are the main ideas/themes emphasized in this section?

2. As Paul swept through Macedonia in vv. 1-6, what characterized his ministry there?

3. Why do you think Luke included the story of Eutychus at Troas (vv. 7-12)?

4. What does the incident tell us abut early Christian worship?

5. What is the main theme of these two passages?

Reflecting on the Weekend! Making Sunday Special!

Some reflection questions on our text from yesterday – May 6th  Acts 19:21 – 41

 

1.  What was the root cause of the riot in vv. 23-41? How did Demetrius disguise this?

2.. Once again we see Paul coming in contact with secular authorities.

      a.) What points does the town clerk make in his skillful argument to quiet the rioting crowd? What was the result?

     b.) Why do you think Luke recounted the riot and the outcome as he did?

3. In a sentence or two, summarize the main point (the ‘big idea’) of this passage.