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July 13, 2018

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Reading along with us in Acts? Here’s today’s reading:

Acts 20 (ESV)

After the uproar ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them, he said farewell and departed for Macedonia. When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece.There he spent three months, and when a plot was made against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia. Sopater the Berean, son of Pyrrhus, accompanied him; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and the Asians, Tychicus and Trophimus. These went on ahead and were waiting for us at Troas, but we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we came to them at Troas, where we stayed for seven days......Continue Reading

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  1. 32And 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. ❤️

  2. And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there,except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. 24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

  3. What a significant chapter showing the heart and ministry of Paul. Although spoken in general terms these first verses show the primary emphasis of going around to various places encouraging and teaching. Personal presence and relationship were very important to Paul because it is God’s heartbeat as well. And shared ministry was important to him as well. He welcomed people to take part in his ministry because it was not about him and it followed in the way Jesus did it.

    And what a great story about Eutychus. One important thing is the reason why he fell asleep: Paul’s commitment to teaching and the people’s commitment to learning. Next is the power of God that was part of Paul’s ministry. A young man trying to stay awake, but falls asleep and falls out a window. Classic! But then Paul raises him from the dead!!

    And the chapter ends with Paul’s statement to the Ephesian elders. It shows Paul’s sacrifice for the gospel of Jesus and the truth of God. It mattered little to Paul what happened to him as long as the truth was proclaimed. And yet Paul cared very deeply for people. He was not shy to tell them what they needed to hear and call them to the responsibility that God’s call on their lives required. But he was close to them and in the thick of it with them. Be shepherds he tells them, guide and protect because the wolves are coming. They were certainly always following Paul. Wherever truth is falsehood will try to corrupt and deceive. Paul saw it as his role to protect the sheep of God and he passes that responsibility on to these Ephesian elders. We shouldn’t be surprised that Paul did this in all the churches he was leaving especially when he realized he would not return. Much like Jesus did in the upper room discourse in John 14-17. We just have an example of it in Paul’s ministry here in Acts 20.

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