Scripture: Acts 20

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Through Macedonia And Greece

Acts 20:1-6 (KJV) And after the uproar (the riot in Ephesus) was ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into Macedonia.  And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece, And there abode three months. And when the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia.  And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.  These going before tarried for us at Troas.  And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.

Questions and Answers:

1. After the uproar ceased, what did Paul do (Acts 10:1)? Paul called the disciples, embraced them and departed for Macedonia.

2. What did Paul do while traveling (Acts 20:2)? Paul encouraged those he met.

3. What did Paul decide to do because the Jews were plotting against him (Acts 20:3)? When the Jews were found to be plotting against Paul, he decided to return through Macedonia instead of sailing into Syria.

Eutychus Raised From The Dead At Troas

Acts 20:7-12 (KJV) And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.  And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.  And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.  10 And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.  11 When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.  12 And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.

Questions and Answers:

1. What do you believe was Paul’s reason for speaking late into the night (Acts 20:7)? Paul was departing the next day.

2. What happened to Eutychus (Acts 20:9)? Eutychus was sitting in an open window and fell into a deep sleep because Paul was preaching for so long. Then Eutychus fell out of the window and died.

3. What did Paul do (Acts 20:10)? Paul went down, embraced Eutychus and life came back into him.

4. Then what did Paul do (Acts 20:11)? Paul returned to the gathering, broke bread, ate, talked until the break of day and then he departed.

Paul’s Farewell To The Ephesian Elders

Acts 20:13-38 (KJV) 13 And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot. 14 And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene. 15 And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus.  16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.  17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.  18 And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,  19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: 20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, 21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: 23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.  24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.  25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.  26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.  27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.  28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.  30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.  31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.  32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.  33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. 34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.  35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.  36 And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.  37 And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him, 38 Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.

Questions and Answers:

1. Why did Paul sail past Ephesus (Acts 20:16)? Paul sailed past Ephesus because he wanted to make it to Jerusalem for the day of Pentecost.

2. What message had Paul given to both the Jews and the Greeks (Acts 20:21)? Paul had testified to both the Jews and the Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

3. What did Paul say about the Holy Ghost (Acts 20:22-23)? Paul said the Holy Ghost was warning him that prison and hardships were facing him.

4. About what was Paul concerned (Acts 20:24)? Paul was concerned about finishing the course and completing the ministry the Lord Jesus had given him. That is the testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.

5. What did Paul encourage the elders to do (Acts 20:28)? Paul told the elders to keep watch over themselves and all the flock of which the Holy Ghost had made them overseers.  They were told to feed the church of God. 

6. About whom did Paul warn the elders (Acts 10:29-30)? Paul warned the elders about grievous wolves who would try to draw people away from them.

7. What were Paul’s words of encouragement (Acts 10:32)? Paul said, “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”

8. What did Paul say about them laboring for God (Acts 10:35)? Paul told them they should support the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

9. Why were the people so sad (Acts 10:38)? The people were very sad because Paul said they would see his face no more.

HEAR the WORD

Acts 20:13 (NIV) We went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, where we were going to take Paul aboard. He had made this arrangement because he was going there on foot.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse. My thoughts: This scripture may seem unimportant to some.  But why then was it included in this Bible passage.  My research: I looked up the distance from Troas to Assos.  And I found it was about 20 miles by foot but about 40 miles by sea (because of Cape Lectum that had to be sailed around).  While researching I discovered that Paul’s team would need the boat for the rest of their mission trips. But why did Paul go by land? I’ve come up with a few reasons.  Perhaps Paul wanted to share the Lord with the people in between these two locations.  Perhaps Paul was seeking alone time with the Lord?  Perhaps Paul wanted the exercise. Perhaps Paul was preparing his next sermon. Perhaps Paul wanted all these things.  What do you believe was his reason? 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Acts 20:2 (NIV) Paul traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people …

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Paul loved and lived the messages he preached. Do we love and live the Word as much as Paul did?  When we make our travel decisions do we focus on building up God’s kingdom.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Have you ever thought of your travels as an opportunity to teach and share God’s message?

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will speak words of encouragement to all we meet (Acts 20:2). Lord, I pray we will declare to those we encounter that they must turn to You in repentance and have faith in Your Son, Christ Jesus (Acts 20:21).  Lord, I pray we will be able to hear the Holy Spirit as clearly as Paul seemed to be able (Acts 20:22-23).  Lord, I pray we too will finish the race and complete the tasks You have given us to spread the gospel (Acts 20:24).  Lord, I pray we will be careful who we listen to and follow (Acts 20:28-31).  Lord, I pray we will help the weak (Acts 20:35).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I live lives that honor God.” <>< Dona