Acts Chapter 20

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Acts 20

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

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

3 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.

4 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.

5 These going before tarried for us at Troas.

6 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.

7 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.

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

9 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.

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.

36 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 20

  1. CHILDREN REVIVAL

    9 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.

    I read this and because of my circumstances, all I think is the JOY of that mother…No matter how big or small a mother always views her child as her baby. The pain of losing a child is something I can relate to and can never be compared. So all I can see is that mother knowing that her child died but now lives!!!! No wonder it says and were NOT a little comforted, so if there were NOT means that the opposite would be overwhelmed by JOY. YES, OUR GOD IS NOT DEAD HE IS STILL ALIVE, AND WORKS GREAT MIRACLES AND WONDERS. This Sunday is our children revival. C.H. Spurgeon defined REVIVAL in Dec. 1866 as follows – “The word “revive” wears its meaning upon its forehead; it is from the Latin, and may be interpreted thus—to live again, to receive again a life which has almost expired; to rekindle into a flame the vital spark which was nearly extinguished.” Sunday we will see our children REVIVE in Christ. Can’t wait to see the Joy in the parents eyes as this children are REVIVED in Christ. In Jesus Name I pray. AMEN.

  2. 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.

  3. Acts 20:28-30
    Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

    Truth always prevails.

    When people speak lies, and deception it will only last for so long. We stand on his word, and his promises. This is a solid rock foundation that cannot be moved.

    Regardless of who in the church, or out of the church does what as long as we cling to the truth we have been given we will come out in the end.

    A buddy of mine told his congregation to bear hug your bible.

    Only by knowing the truth of God’s word can we expect to weather the storms, and the accusations that come against us. Only by knowing his word can we remain strong against distraction.

    Mark 12:24
    Jesus answered them, “How wrong you are! And do you know why? It is because you don’t know the Scriptures or God’s power.

    Know the word

  4. 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.

    :Paul was admonished to (Take heed to yourselves). The greatest enemy we have is ourself, it is us that will cause us the most problems. We have to safe guard over our attitude about everything, we can let our attitude get us in trouble.
    If we are going to be good leaders, we have to keep ourselves and our spirit right, because we have to watch over the flock as well as ourselves.
    Thank God for a God that will help us make good decisions with our lives.

  5. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. (Acts 20:29, 30 KJV)

    This is why we study. This us why we pray. We must be at the ready. We must be able to fight and know that God is God and we need to have him guide us as to who is a wolf.

    Jesus help us to have your understanding.

  6. 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

    sometimes we have to watch our attitude and the way we act or speak around others.
    ( I have a habit having this attitude that just ruins my whole good thing i have my mom and dad especially JESUS to keep me on my toes and latley its getting there but i thank jesus deeply for everything)
    We just caint let the best get to us because we become to cold hearted and the world around us changes but THANK GOD he’s there leading us every step of the way and correcting us when were wrong.:)
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  7. Wolf Hunters, prepare!

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

    Some believe wolves are solitary creatures; that is not the reality. Wolves are pack animals. There pack is built around an alpha; most of time male but there is also an alpha female in most groups. The genius of the wolf is very apparent in their hunting techniques; a National Geographic report declared their hunting techniques as “deadly brilliance”. The pack cooperates with each other, so that many act as one. I watched some footage of a pack trying to attack a grizzly bear and cub. The bear stood her ground and fought back; she did not run. Another unsuccessful attack was on a bull elk. Both of these animals used the same techniques; they stood their ground and fought back.

    Don’t be intimidated! Do not allow them to get you on the run. Take an offensive position instead of a defensive position. Attack back!

    The wolf pack is most dominant when they can get you on the run. The pack will keep a herd running to tire the weak and sick. When the weak begin to fall back, the wolves single out these animals and most of the time successful with this style of attack.

    Very similar does the devil try to infiltrate the church with wolves. He uses very similar tactics to hunt Christians. Our Sheppard, Pastor Watts, does a wonderful job in protecting the flock the Lord entrusted him with. We will not run! We will not be discouraged! We will not be intimidated by these techniques! We will stand on the promises of God and will not faint; in Jesus name!

  8. 22. “And now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don’t know what awaits me,
    23. except that the Holy Spirit tells me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead.
    24. But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus-the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
    25. “And now I know that none of you to whom I have preached the Kingdom will ever see me again. NLT

    Facing certain suffering, imprisonment and death, he determined that instead of going into hiding and preserving his own life, he would willingly give it up for the Gospel…What a convicting example for us today!

  9. 24 But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.

    What an example of passion; he was obedient and served The Lord with great submission. God created us, our life is His, and it’s His will that we do His works and spread His Word. Use us, use me Lord!

  10. 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 thes 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.

    Serve the Lord with joy through all things and situations, never let anything hold you back or prevent you from sharing the good news of Christ.

  11. 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:
    We (I) have to have the mindset of humility to serve. It isn’t about us its about God’s kingdom. Not our way but God’s way. God’s way is so much better than ours. I want to be humble and be able to hear the still small voice of the Lord.

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    Sunday Night Live

    7 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.

    These are some good scriptures to debate with the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The first day of the week is Sunday and Paul was preaching at Church Boomshakalaka! So there we go, we have a Biblical example of Sunday Night Live.

    Maybe if all UPCI Churches had Sunday Night Live Services, there would be more young people who would wake from their sleep and rise from their spiritual death.

  13. 20:35 Here alone is a quotation from Christ that is not recorded in the Gospels.

    .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.

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    Romans 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. See 15:1-6

  14. Vs.22, “And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:”
    Vs.23, “Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.”
    Vs.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..”

    Wow! What a testimony!
    Paul didn’t even take his own life into consideration. He had a ministry and a purpose to fulfill. It didn’t matter what bonds, afflictions, imprisonments, or persecutions he had to endure. (He knew there was nothing that could seperate him from the Love of Christ.) He had only one thing on his mind, and that was to testify and share the Gospel of the Grace of Jesus Christ with others. He was going to finish his ministry and purpose in this life, no matter the cost, with JOY by winning souls for Christ.

    We need to have the same mindset and attitude that Paul had. That no matter what comes our way, (for there is nothing that can seperate us from the Love of Christ.), that we have a purpose to fulfill, and that is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others, and do it with JOY.

    Romans 8:35-39 says, “Who shall seperate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed al the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor pricipalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to seperate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

    Thank You JESUS that you love us, and we are more than Conquerors through YOU!

  15. UNMOVABLE FAITH

    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.

    Paul in his final exhortation to his followers confirmed his commitment to them and to the teaching of the gospel of JESUS. Knowing what pain and persecution was ahead of him, he moved forward with FAITH and not fear. The VISION of his destiny was greater to Paul than the concerns of any trouble that he would face in fulfilling his call.

    I pray the GOD of peace grant us this same unmovable, unshakable FAITH in our future eternal destination.

    DO NOT allow ANYTHING in this life to move YOU from the will, purpose and Kingdom of GOD.

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  16. GREAT FAITH – GO AHEAD AND EAT

    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.

    Most people today would be in a frantic and angered if this was to happen in our generation. The “all night” message to the church along with the importance of communion left the sleepy youth on the ground outside, while church continued.

    iPray the word of GOD and salvation would be the most important occurrence in our lives when we gather to WORSHIP at The POFW.

    The parents of the lad had great FAITH in GOD and unshakable trust in the man of GOD….

  17. THE GREAT DANGERS OF BACK ROW BELIEVERS

    7 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.
    8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.
    9 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.

    This lad missed the communion as a result of his chosen seat. A sleepy 3 story fall to his death could have been prevented by a better choice of seats. His lack of participation in the service caused his fall. His seat of comfort in the church, lulled him to sleep. There is GREAT DANGER in sleeping during church. Pay attention, respond to the WORD of GOD. Praise HIM, Bless the LORD at all times.

    People are falling out of the window of the church at a breakneck pace, we need to move closer and get up out of our seat of comfort and ease.

    All does not end well.

  18. 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.

    I am reminded today of the message Bro. Tim Greene preached several years ago with hat on and gun in hand, WOLF KILLERS! Paul plainly declares here in his exhortation that after the gospel has been preached, received and acted upon, that wolves will come into the flock to destroy the life of those new babes in Christ. We, as the Church, must be proactive. We must be spiritually prepared to protect and guard the sheep which the Lord has interested to us.

    We are in the midst of a 300 soul revival, which will effectively double our congregation. We must daily watch and pray for the souls of men. They will become our responsibility to oversee, protect and guard. Wolves BEWARE, there are WOLF KILLERS among us!

  19. 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.

    What a great example of loosing your life to find it. It says here that he may finish his course with joy. He found meaning in life in what his work for the Lord was and that completion of it gave him joy. Not all he has learned and acquired from the world, not that it didn’t matter, God will use the skills learned, but he the joy is in finding life in God and loosing your old life.

    Matthew 10:39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

  20. A Man Named Lucky

    9 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.

    The name Eutychus means “fortunate.” This young man stands as an example how sometimes as we go along in our walk with God, things happen that can catch us off guard and bring us down that normally wouldn’t be an issue. He was wearied by Paul’s long preaching, which seemed by the account to be reasonable enough, but God provides an answer:

    Isaiah 40:30-31
    30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

    31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

    We can’t rely on “luck” or spiritually living paycheck-to-paycheck as we try to get along by going from blessing to blessing. We must be active in finding our strength in God or we might find ourselves suddenly taken down by trivial situations or opposition. The days of man are full of trouble enough, and waging war on hell as a Christian increases the struggle, and we find even greater opposition if we start wading into the waters of ministry. Being drained is a matter of ‘when,’ but sadly too many of us make getting refilled a matter of ‘if.’ If I have time, if I’m in the mood, if something else doesn’t come along…

    Proverbs 24:10
    If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

    We are built to take a fight; if we simply get knocked down right off the bat, it’s a sign we are lacking in our strength and slacking in getting refilled. We heard recently about how the joy of the Lord is our strength. Well, we find the answer to joy:

    Psalm 16:11
    Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

    We find renewing and joy in the presence of the Lord. Seeking His presence—seeking His face—is what it takes to be strong over the long haul. We can’t rely on skill, gifting, resources, brute force, etc (though they might be helpful.) Our reliance must be in Jesus. As “the man named lucky” found out, “luck” is not enough, simple blessing is not enough, it takes an active relationship with God to stay strong. None of us is above getting taken down by weariness, but we have a God who will renew our strength and cause us to mount up with wings as eagles to soar above and beyond the weariness if we will wait upon Him. “Burnout” is a point none of us need to be subject to when we make our strength subject to God alone.

  21. v28 Take heed therefor 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 .

    The church is GOD’S handiwork, and HIS alone . The price for building HIS church was high. HE paid the price necessary to bring HIS church into existence with HIS precious blood.

    Thank GOD FOR THE BLOOD!!!

    We should commit our lives to the doctrines of the New Testament throughout our lives in doing so it builds strong successful churches!

    ” Except the Lord build the house they labour in vain that build it.” Ps.127:1

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    I’m so thankful that we ( HIS church )
    are planted upon an unshakeable foundation on an immovable foundation .
    We ( the church ) can stand the test of persecution and assault because nothing has ever shaken HIS disciples HIS church from the foundation of who HE IS!!!

  22. Yes, I know some sermons can seem to be a little lengthy. But, thanks be to God that we are Pentecostal and our Pastor has no problem keeping the Flock of Jesus Christ awake during Church Services. If, you do fall out! I hope & pray the same end results will happen with you. If, Pastor Watts prays or falls on you! In Jesus name….we’ll welcome you back.

    9 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.

    12 And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.
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    Talk about being committed, and enduring all types of tribulations! Church, this includes me “We have nothing to complain about, and Paul endured much more than these things.”………………………………

    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:
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    Paul had it right, in completing his race with style! Giving God the glory, and doing it with joy.

    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.
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    It all will come to a close one day, and Paul finished his race. “Now it’s up to all of us to finish ours.” Please, holdfast to the promises of God, and keep your faith in Christ Jesus! “Love one another”……………………………………………………..

    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.

  23. 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.

    What a great example Paul is to us today. No matter what awaits him, he is determined to keep teaching & exhorting until his mission is complete. We must be determined to “go teach” so that we can also accomplish the Lord’s will for our lives & bear fruit and receive the joy that comes with laboring for the harvest.

  24. Eutychus Raised From the Dead at Troas 7. 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. 8. And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together. 9. And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eu’-ty-chus, 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.

  25. But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. (Acts of the Apostles 20:24 NLT)

    Doing Gods work is so wonderful and rewarding in just seeing the joy in each person that God helps.

  26. 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.

    We must give of ourselves. This is a blessing. Be a blessing to someone a give of yourself.

  27. Paul’s Boasting

    There is a difference between boasting and speaking the truth. The distinction can sometimes be subtle and hard to discern, but Paul is not lifting himself up in a boastful way in this passage. Rather, he is giving a clear and honest picture to what lies ahead. He is willing to face any hardship for the sake of the gospel. While not trying to lift himself himself up into the spiritual spotlight, Paul does recognize that his life can be an inspiration and encouragment to others. He is willing to point out some of his own spirit-anointed ministry moments if these examples will strengthen his brothers and sisters in Christ to be faithful in their own lives and ministries. This should be called Paul’s encouragment instead.

  28. Finish the course!

    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.

    Life is full of things that will distract you and cause you to look away from the purpose of God in your life. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus and finish the work he has called you to.

    Paul loved the Lord and his work!

    If you love him keep his commandments.
    What has he called you to do?
    Why do you do what you do?
    Is it motivated by love?

    If ye love me, keep my commandments. -John 14:15
    We love him, because he first loved us. -1 John 4:19
    For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, -Romans 8:38
    Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:39

  29. 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.

    Paul in his closing words to his followers is letting them know that he will be leaving forever and they need to be aware of the enemies deceits and attacks that will come once he is gone. He tells them to protect themselves and the flock against wolves who will enter the church and not spare the flock. It is every man of God’s duty to watch closely over his flock and protect them from false doctrine and wolves from within and without. Thank God for great men of God who do this all over the world!!

  30. 9 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.

    I think in past times even up to now it’s been easy to write off backsliders. When I read this I was reminded of an evangelist describing backsliders as “freeze dried saints” . Backsliders aren’t necessarily dead to God, they may have been written off by saints but there is life still in them. They may be spiritually asleep but there is a praying church ready to wake them up again! I’m reminded of brother guys testimony of being backslid, how certain brethren treated him, his praying grandfather, and his eventual return to Christ. Now the lords ministry through bro guy reaches uncountable amounts of people. They aren’t dead! They just fell asleep and fell, there is still life in them! And with that life their calling and purpose of God.

  31. Stay awake

    Acts 20:9 (NASBStr)
    And there was a young man named Eutychus sitting on the window sill, sinking into a deep sleep; and as Paul kept on talking, he was overcome by sleep and fell down from the third floor and was picked up dead.

    Don’t fall asleep and fall. Stay awake. Be vigilant for the faith. It is easy to become complacent and go to sleep. The apostles chose to sleep the same night Jesus was taken from them. Always be watchful. The man of God isn’t always going to be there to bring you back.

  32. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

    We must be very careful of who we follow. Some people may seem well but their heart is far away from God and the teaching that we are being taught by the man of God.

  33. “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. Although faced with many obstacles and hindrances, Paul gave of self. One that willingly gives will receive, as there is much one can give; time, prayer, talent, self and treasure. What a mighty God we serve, thank God for his word! God bless Jerusalem and you all, in Jesus name, Amen

  34. 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.

    Don’t give up on those who are struggleing… Let’s give our time to those who need it. Befriend someone who needs a light in their lives and they can in turn do the same to someone else. We can reach this city!

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