Summary: The farewell teachings of Paul to many of the churches in this chapter are filled with great spiritual insight. Paul expresses that he will never see these brothers and sisters again so He shares his heart with them and gives them final instructions to li
Fly High – Acts part 18
Video of Youth Retreat and the Baptisms: Testimonies from the Youth about the retreat and from this last week after coming home.
Scripture Text Acts 20:
The Holy Bible, New International Version. Pradis CD-ROM: Ac 20:1.
Through Macedonia and Greece
Ac 20:1 When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said good-by and set out for Macedonia.
Ac 20:2 He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece,
Ac 20:3 where he stayed three months. Because the Jews made a plot against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia.
Ac 20:4 He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia.
Ac 20:5 These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas.
Ac 20:6 But we sailed from Philippi after the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined the others at Troas, where we stayed seven days.
Eutychus Raised From the Dead at Troas
Ac 20:7 On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.
Ac 20:8 There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting.
Ac 20:9 Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead.
Ac 20:10 Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!”
Ac 20:11 Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left.
Ac 20:12 The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.
Paul’s Farewell to the Ephesian Elders
Ac 20:13 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.
Ac 20:14 When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard and went on to Mitylene.
Ac 20:15 The next day we set sail from there and arrived off Kios. The day after that we crossed over to Samos, and on the following day arrived at Miletus.
Ac 20:16 Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus to avoid spending time in the province of Asia, for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost.
Ac 20:17 From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church.
Ac 20:18 When they arrived, he said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia.
Ac 20:19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews.
Ac 20:20 You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.
Ac 20:21 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
Ac 20:22 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.
Ac 20:23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.
Ac 20:24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.
Ac 20:25 “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again.
Ac 20:26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men.
Ac 20:27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.
Ac 20:28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
Ac 20:29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.
Ac 20:30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.