Acts Chapter 20

Acts 20

1And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into Macedonia.

2And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece,

3And 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.

4And 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.

5These going before tarried for us at Troas.

6And 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.

7And 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.

8And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.

9And 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.

10And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.

11When 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.

12And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.

13And 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.

14And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene.

15And 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.

16For 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.

17And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.

18And 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,

19Serving the LORD with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

20And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,

21Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

22And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

23Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

24But 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.

25And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

26Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

27For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

28Take 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.

29For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

30Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

31Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

32And 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.

33I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.

34Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.

35I 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.

36And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.

37And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him,

38Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.

 

29 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 20

  1. Paul’s life and words are inspirational! He shows that in trying times his focus is always on God, even when one of his saints fall asleep on him. It’s also amazing how he says he doesn’t know what is going to happen when he returns to Jerusalem but is trusting in the holy ghost.

  2. its always sad to say good bye to those who you share the word of God,but Paul had to finish his command.On (verse 24)but none of these things move me…he was focus on Jesus,he did not pay attention to his circumstances;(24)so that i might finish my course with joy and the ministy…God give us the strength the passion that you gave Paul and let us say”the joy of the Lord is my strength”i pray specially for pastor and his ministry…

  3. How many times can we say that we’ve trusted God for everything.To “BE CHURCH,”I believe that in order to experience what God truely has for us and the church we must trust Him in ALL THINGS.

  4. v21 in The Message reads ” I have urged you Jews and Greeks alike to a radical life change before God and an equally radical trust in our Master Jesus.” That is how we can BE CHURCH!

  5. We need to remember to take heed of the false doctrines, or false teachings that might be happening. Be aware of the wolves around us, but at no moment did he said be afraid. At no moment did Paul show fear, he never stop spreading the word boldly among everyone, no matter the persecutions experienced, or how many times they rejected it. He goes on to say that he did it all with JOY. I love my Pastor for he always gives the word with passion, with conviction, with strength, boldly and with JOY!!!! That is the one thing that everyone that I know that had come visit tells me, there is lots of JOY in your church. Our race is not finished yet we have all Ft. Worth to run, lets do it with JOY!!!

  6. OHHH the danger of sleeping in church. vs 9

    OHHHHH greater the grace of GOD! vs 11

    No matter the GOD has a miracle ready and prepared to minister to HIS disciples.

    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…

    God is seeking for this tenacity to remain in HIS church. NONE of these things moved me. Not trouble, trial, persecution, distress, discomfort, loneliness, pain, sorrow, sickness, rejection or any other such should move the church from its purpose. BE Church

  7. God is wanting His church to stay as one, however temtation will happen or other aflictions will separate many.
    Even if the man that prays for you and shows you many wonders of God is gone there is no reason to leave.
    I believe God is calling us to unify.

  8. Paul took with him men and no doubt trained them in the ministry. He was also lead by the Holy Ghost which aided him to evade capture and certain death on many occasions. But now he is determined to Jerusalem even though he knows he’ll be walking into the hands of those who would kill him.
    He reviews his ministry and knows he has done everything he possibly could have done to teach and spread the gospel.
    Lord, let me be like Paul-mighty in God through every adverse situation, with no regrets of “did I do enough, or rather,did I do all I am called to do?” He impacted so many lives, do I?

  9. 18-21 The way of the believer is not an easy road; being a Christian does not solve or remove all problems. Paul served humbly and with tears, but he never quit. The message of salvation was so important that he never missed an opportunity to share it. Although he preached his message in different ways to fit different audiences, the message remained the same – turning away from sin and turning to Christ by faith. The Christian life will have its rough times, tears, and sorrows, as well as joy, but we should always be ready to tell others what good things God has done for us. His blessing far outweigh life’s difficulties.

    24 We often feel that life is a failure unless we’re getting a lot out of it: recognition, fun, money, success. Paul considered life worth nothing unless he used it for God’s work. What he put into life was far more important that what he got out.

  10. Vs 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

    Paul was teaching publicly and from house to house. For those that are looking for proof, Home Bible Study (HBS) is in the scriptures. God wants us to get HIS word out to those that are lost. Our Lord doesn’t just give us knowledge of his word so that we can sit back and relax, but he gives it so we can go and teach it to somebody else. Knowledge is only power when it is put to use.

  11. Paul realized that no matter how great the leadership that the enemy will come amongst the church. Not only against but amongst.

  12. Paul was determined to preach to eveveryone he came across he even brought back to life a man through Gods power. No matter if your rich or poor sick or well God can still use you if we could all be as Paul witninesing to to anyone we could bring so many people to God I want to be a true witness for God no matter what comess my way BE CHURCH

  13. Even though Paul was telling the church good bye he was still working in the gifts preaching, and healing. When we go through trials we need to know that we still can operate in the gifts God has given us.

  14. The end of the Message Version of verse 35 says….You’ll not likely go wrong here if you keep remembering that our Master said, ‘You’re far happier giving than getting.’ The (CEV) says…By everything I did, I showed how you should work to help everyone who is weak. Remember that our Lord Jesus said, “More blessings come from giving than from receiving.”

  15. This chapter demonstrated the life of a missionary; i.e. preaching & teaching the gospel, making friends, and then moving on (sounds like the life of a military family).

    Paul also prophesied to them on what trials & tribulations would come their way after he was gone. This is why we all must be one body and followers of the gospel. May the good Lord Bless you all.

  16. Paul is letting us know once he is gone, we are responsible for spreading the Word of God. We are to Be Church, and reach out to our surrounding community. At the same we should be aware of those that try to hinder the Word of God.

  17. Paul had been traveling preaching and spreading the gospel. He came to a place and time where he would tell the disciples that they would see his face no more. He did not expect to leave Jerusalem alive. But it says in v24But 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. Paul wasn’t worried about his life he was more worried about the ones he was leaving behind. He gave final instructions of those who would try to rise up and lead or take over that would not be good for them. In other words they weren’t going to be under his covering anymore so they would have to be careful.

  18. Vs says “he had given them much exhortation” – the Msg version says he gave constant encouragement, lifting their spirits and charging them with fresh hope. If we are truly going to “Be Church” then we must continually be in a mindset of encouraging others and lifting their spirits, giving them new hope everyday. Many times it seems like it is endless, and we may get frustrated with people, but our example is to continually encourage others on a daily basis.

  19. Humility of Mind, and many tears… I feel these things are lacking from this generation of the church. God restore unto us the spirit of humility; in mind, and in deed. Burden us to the point of tears, without the which we cannot truly serve you.Amen

  20. Vs 24 “…neither count I my life dear unto myself…” Paul’s desire was only to do God’s will, his own life did not even concern him. Declaring Jesus Christ was what he counted dear unto himself.

  21. I want to finish my course as Paul says in verse 24! And without fear of the things that life may bring and stay steadfast in the Lord.

  22. v26-27, 31 “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God… Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.”

    What really caught my attention was the phrase “pure from the blood of all men.” I believe it is vital we keep true in our vision to not simply impact Fort Worth as a whole but to reach every soul in this city with the gospel of Jesus Christ, that each individual would be precious and none too great or too small to be reached for. We do not lack for souls in this region of Fort Worth, and these fields are certainly already white for the harvest. Who will go? Who will bring Truth to them? Let’s be church.

  23. As I was reading Chapter 20, I thought how thankful I was that Luke made a record of Paul’s journeys. These writings allow us to look into the windows of Paul’s life. Paul was one of a kind. We have Luke to thank for writing the diary of these early days, so we can better know and understand Paul.

    Paul persecuted the Christians, but when Jesus revealed Himself in a vision, Paul’s aim in life changed. He became a champion for Jesus as he tirelessly preached the gospel to anyone who would listen. He disputed in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him (Acts 17:17). His zeal continually put him on the borderline of arguing. Sometimes the disciples or his friends restrained him from entering into the center of chaos and uproar.

    Paul worked to the point of exaustion. When he wasn’t preaching or teaching, he was making tents to keep from being a burden to the church (Thessalonians 2:9). He labored with his hands for his necessities (Acts 20:34). Paul said, “Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you” (II Thessalonians 3:8). He said they worked for their living to make themselves an example for us to follow (II Thessalonians 3: 9). Yet, he was never too tired to preach the gospel. What an example Paul was!

  24. When I think about Eutychus I wonder how many people have allowed things to become spiritually asleep within them? Maybe you were once a Sunday school teacher and now you just sit on a pew? Or maybe you have a gift to sing yet you will not do it? Some have lost the respect and reverence for the word of God and the Talents he has given us and have fallen asleep spiritually. We must shake ourselves before we plunge into our death.

  25. How many times have we fallen asleep in church during what we thought was a long sermon? Paul preached here from breakfast til midnight then after this young man fell from the window, he preached more, all the way til sun up. That’s a long sermon.

    As the chapter wraps up, and as Paul closes his preaching the deciples and elders are hugging him crying wanting more. Where has our desire for God’s word gone?

  26. Verse 26 and 27 stand out to me in this chapter…When paul basically says I have ran the race and have fought the good fight and I have clean hands….”Lord let me beable to say that one day”

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