Acts Chapter 20 

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Acts 20

And after the uproar 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.

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.

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.

30 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 20 

  1. Verse 2 MSG “Traveling through the country, passing from one gathering to another, he gave constant encouragement, lifting their spirits and charging them with fresh hope.” Paul was encouraging and always challenging others to continue in their charge. In verse 28 MSG, I believe the charge continues for us today “Now it’s up to you. Be on your toes—both for yourselves and your congregation of sheep. The Holy Spirit has put you in charge of these people—God’s people they are—to guard and protect them. God himself thought they were worth dying for.” Let us encourage someone today POFW!

  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.

    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.

    It’s time that we give everything we have for the purpose of the kingdom of God. There are those among us that will become fatalities of the wolves that are among us. Some will be wooed with watered down theology because they are not willing to give everything required of them to inherit the kingdom of God.

    We need the mentality as Paul spoke in these scripture above and also in chapter 3 when Peter and John we’re going into the synagogue:
    Silver and Gold have I none, but what I do have I give unto thee.

    Everything we have is a blessing from Gods grace and mercy. We are not our own, but we are His! Created in his image, we need to give all back to God.

    Remember if we give it, it shall be given back to us heaped up, presses down, shaken together, and running over and over!

    I love Thy Kingdom!

  3. 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.

    None of these things MOVE ME. Nothing soups be able to stop us from using this Gospel to more people. The only barriers that can hold is back are the ones were create or entertain. Park didn’t let anything stop him from pursuing his mission field and completing the full work of good.

  4. 18 And when they had come to him, he said to them, You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews, how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

  5. 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.

    There are enough wolves attacking the flock from the outside, let’s not give them any ‘inside help’. We need unity within the flock so that when a wolf shows up among us, it doesn’t find agreeing ears and a willingness to divide the flock. Let’s make sure we are part of the solution, not part of the problem.

  6. 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. “And now I know that none of you to whom I have preached the Kingdom will ever see me again. I know that false teachers, like vicious wolves, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the flock. “And now I entrust you to God and the message of his grace that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.
    Acts of the Apostles 20:24‭-‬25‭, ‬29‭, ‬32 NLT
    As I read the last few verse I see the Legacy Paul left he wants everyone that pass by , he wants people to know the true gospel of Jesus Christ . It’s our job to go out and share the good news you don’t have to go out and preach or teach all you have to do is tell them what God done for you

  7. 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.

  8. Acts 20:2 (MSG)
    “Traveling through the country, passing from one gathering to another, he gave constant encouragement, lifting their spirits and charging them with fresh hope.”

    1 Thess. 5:11 (MSG)
    “So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.”

    “Just Keep Doing It”
    Encouraging one another, Lifting each other up, and Building up Hope.

  9. Acts 20
    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.

  10. Acts 20
    An Encouraging Word

    Acts 20 The Message (MSG)

    Macedonia and Greece
    20 1-2 With things back to normal, Paul called the disciples together and encouraged them to keep up the good work in Ephesus. Then, saying his good-byes, he left for Macedonia. Traveling through the country, passing from one gathering to another, he gave constant encouragement, lifting their spirits and charging them with fresh hope.

    Paul went forth with encouragement admonishing everyone. It seems here that every where he went he was lifting the spirit of everyone he cane in contact with. Daily there is hope in this world we live in. We can either spread condemnation which is not of God or we can lift someone s spirit and let them know there is hope in Jesus Christ. One word can either destroy or build up. We have no idea the difficult life some people may live and the many things they do without as they daily try to care for their families and even for others who may be sufferingL. One word of encouragement.
    If you can’t find anyone giving you any hope it’s eitger time to change friends or take a deeper look at the word and change the atmosphere around you.
    Someone with a new pair of shoes may just have found them in the rag box . Someone with worn out shoes may like the comfort of them and possibly buy a brand new pair every day if they wanted. We must not ever judge by the outward appearance of men and women whether someone needs a word of encouragement. You may just pass up someone who is deeply hurting and praying that someone would just say one kind word. There are many treasures in the Bible iif we can’t find anything good to say we need to find scriptures to use and share to encourage. God help me to be more of an encouraging person to all I come in contact with in Jesus name. This world could use more people like the apostle Paul.

    1 Thessalonians 5:11
    11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

  11. And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,…

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

    Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
    Acts 20:20‭, ‬22‭-‬24‭, ‬31 KJV

    From Paul’s life, we can glean that the keys to a fruitful ministry include, but are not limited to, the following:
    A call from God,
    Consistent hard work,
    Selflessness,
    Sacrifice,
    Persistence,
    Tears, and
    The boldness and compassion to witness to all.

    When you pour all that you have and are into the Kingdom, God will give you souls for riches.

  12. THY KINGDOM COME
    KINGDOM HUNGER

    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.

    Those who are hungry for The Kingdom of GOD are not clock watchers or time keepers.”They came together”, indicates that there was a united hunger to hear from GOD and a willingness to stay and hear all that he would speak to them.

    I pray that JESUS will baptize us at The POFW with a KINGDOM HUNGER that cannot be satisfied or denied. Lets come together today at The POFW with this hunger.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  13. 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.
    It’s awesome to know the Journey that Paul took, and in the beginning majority in the ministry were not sure of him and his intentions, But Jesus, he was able to show by knowledge of the word and dedication to the preaching of God’s word that he had a passion for Jesus and his word and most of all souls,
    And how shall they preach, except they be sent? Rom 10:15 as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Jesus impacted Pauls life in such a powerful way, and as a result he became a mighty man of God!

  14. 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. I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. 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.
    Acts 20:32‭-‬35 KJV
    https://bible.com/bible/1/act.20.32-35.KJV

    How true are these words. Before I came to Christ, I was a taker and lover of the world. Now that I have seen the things I’ve done. It has been a battle to stay away from the things of the world; to learn how to give and not take. In some cases it’s been hard to share my testimony, because I have never done that before. Now when people ask me it just flows from me. There are still times where I find it difficult to share the word with others, but I thank God for giving me a mouth to speak to others and giving me ears to hear.

  15. 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.

    Jeep nothing back Preacher!!!! Keep nothing back God from me. Allow me to hear your word and do it to best of my abilities. Keep nothing from me that I may know who you are.

  16. 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.

    What I got from this passage, to me it’s a warning. We cannot get idle and let our spirit slumber because in doing so we risk falling to a spiritual death, we must be quick to notice if someone has fallen and embrace them and see the little bit of life that remains and help to get back together. From verse 18- I have been with you at all seasons. Many of us have been with one another through different seasons, new and old , we must be in unity with one another to make it though these seasons and times. It was a great chapter and my main take away is be mindful of your spiritual life and be in unity with one another and help each other through all seasons.

  17. 8 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, Peter and Jesus all agree that a top priority for leaders is to feed God’s people with His Word!

    [1Pe 5:2 KJV] 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight [thereof], not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

    [Jhn 21:15-17 KJV] 15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

  18. MSG – 17-21 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus for the leaders of the congregation. When they arrived, he said, “You know that from day one of my arrival in Asia I was with you totally—laying my life on the line, serving the Master no matter what, putting up with no end of scheming by Jews who wanted to do me in. I didn’t skimp or trim in any way. Every truth and encouragement that could have made a difference to you, you got. I taught you out in public and I taught you in your homes, urging Jews and Greeks alike to a radical life-change before God and an equally radical trust in our Master Jesus.

    The explanation by Paul of his service to the people that he had come into contact with while on his journey, declares that he gave his all to living for the Lord.

    In examination of my own life, and I’m sure many other lives, I fall so short of giving my all the way the disciples did. Their express purpose was to propagate the gospel to all the world. We say that’s our mission, but do we live on purpose everyday to ensure that we accomplish our mission every day?

    Lord help us to examine our hours spent to ensure they have spend living our the mission God has placed in our lives – reaching our region with the gospel – impacting the lives of people on a daily basis.

  19. iLove the Kingdom
    9 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.

    Wow, Paul already knew human nature. He knew it wouldn’t take long after shepherd left for the wolf to go after the sheep. This is the reason each of us need to be under a pastor. Our pastor will fend off the wolves but you have to be willing to listen to his voice.

  20. 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.

    At what point do we “draw the line”? what is our breaking point?
    Paul was so determined to fulfill the “ministry”, the charge that Jesus had given him, which was to testify the gospel of the grace of
    God that he was not going to stop. He knew that he must leave his comforts and push past whatever might come.

    The Word tells us that Whomever is forgiven much, loves much. The Word also tells us that God is love. It takes much love to have the resolve that Paul had. The only way we can really have the resolve that Paul had, is to love Jesus like Paul did. We can all say that we have been forgiven of much, when we are honest, because we know all our darkest secrets. Without Jesus, we strive in vain, because God is love, and if we don’t know him, we don’t know love.

    In order for us to see the Kingdom of God bringing forth fruit in our lives, we have to do our parts, telling others about what He has done for us.

  21. 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,

    Recently in my study time I’ve come across a lot of servanthood and doing things for others. Here Paul confesses his service and how he hadn’t restrained anything from the people.

    Sometimes though we can get caught up in life whether its busy and “it’s quicker if we do it ourselves” or if we become even just a little selfish and withhold something profitable for ourselves rather than sharing it. We have to be sensitive to the spirit though and what God speaks because sometimes whatever we receive can be profitable for others too. The gospel being the first great example! It was meant to be shared with the whole world!

  22. “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.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭20:35‬ ‭KJV

    Giving isn’t just something out of your pocket it can be an encouraging word to someone.
    Sometimes people are more appreciative for those words you speak into their life rather than receiving a gift of some sort. Your words could give them hope. Be an uplifter in Jesus name

  23. 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.

    What an inheritance! Thank you Jesus!

  24. 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.

    If I could put a title to my thought here it would be: go win a soul. There is a especial feeling to the joy that one gets when you win a soul for God. When you see the one you witnessed to be baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. The Wordsnof Paul saying that he might finish the his course with joy and the ministry. There should be a joy that over takes us for doing the will.of the Lord.

  25. 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.

  26. Acts 20 :6-7 (Amp) But we [ ourselves] sailed from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread [ the Passover week] , and in give days we joined them at Troas, where we remained for seven days.[7] And on the first day of the week, when we were assembled together to break bread [ the Lord’s Supper]. Paul discouraged with them, intending to leave the next morning; and he kept on with his message until midnight. I pray that we examine ourselves . Before we take the Lord’s Supper .

  27. 9As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutychus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. Finally, he fell sound asleep and dropped three stories to his death below.

    Many are asleep now as they don’t know about Jesus. Spiritually they are dead. It’s up to us to awaken their spirit.

  28. 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.

    Give and it shall be given unto you, pressed down, shaken together and overflowing shall man give unto you. (paraphrased)

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