Acts Chapter 20

June 28, 2011

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on the Book of Acts. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Acts 20:1-38 (NIV)
1 When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said good-by and set out for Macedonia. 2 He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, 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. 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. 5 These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas. 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. 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. 8 There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. 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. 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!” 11 Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. 12 The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted. 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. 14 When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard and went on to Mitylene. 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. 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. 17 From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church. 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. 19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews. 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. 21 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. 22 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 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. 25 “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. 26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. 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. 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears. 32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” 36 When he had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. 37 They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. 38 What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.

Acts 20:1-2

Luke doesn’t give us much detail about this segment of the missionary journey. Only that he traveled through the area on the way to Macedonia speaking many words of encouragement.

Acts 20:3

Paul arrives in Greece and spends three months there. While he is there he write the letter to the Romans. He is about to set sail for Syria when he finds out about a plot by the Jews, it is believed the plot was to kill him on board ship and then dispose of his body at sea, so Paul goes back through Macedonia instead. He was probably hoping to be in Jerusalem for the Passover, but without being able to sail, Pentecost would be the best he could now hope for.

Acts 20:4-6

Seven men are listed in these verses and they represent church from various areas who are carrying with them a collection for the church in Jerusalem. Also, note that Luke changes back to us and we, meaning that he has joined the group once again. If you remember, Luke was left in Philippi in Acts chapter 16, and he had evidently been ministering there until this time. There in Philippi Luke and Paul celebrated the feast of unleavened bread, (the others had gone on ahead) and then they set sail for Troas. The team got together again in Troas where they spent seven days.

Acts 20:7

On the first day of the week (Sunday) they got together for church.

Acts 20:8-12

Paul gets to preaching and because he is leaving the next day he goes a little long. Around midnight, Eutychus was sitting in a window and fell asleep and fell out of the window, apparently plummeting to his death. Paul rushes down, prays for him, he comes back to life, and then goes back inside, started the church meeting up again and preaches till daylight.

Acts 20:13-15

Most of the team sets sail again, but Paul goes on by foot to Assos, (actually quicker by foot from Troas to Assos) which allows him to spend a little more time in Troas.

Acts 20:16-17

Paul sails by Ephesus because he is trying to get to Jerusalem by the day of Pentecost. Instead, he tells the elders of the church in Ephesus to meet him in Miletus, which is about thirty miles away from Ephesus.

Acts 20:18-34

In this section Paul knows he is speaking to his Ephesians friends for the last time. In his discussion, he reminds them of what his three year ministry was all about in Ephesus, he tells them about what is happening in his life and ministry at the present time, and then he talks about the responsibilities of the Ephesian church leaders in the days ahead.

Acts 20:36-38

Luke’s inclusion of the display of the love that the Ephesian elders have for Paul is a marked contrast of the way that Jews in Jerusalem felt about Paul.

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