Part 1
Acts 20:17-38
17
Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him.
18
And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,
19
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
20
how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,
21
testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
22
And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,
23
except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
24
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
25
And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.
26
Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all,
27
for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
28
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
29
I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
30
and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
31
Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.
32
And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
33
I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.
34
You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.
35
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
36
And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
37
And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him,
38
being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.

Key verse

Paul said: “After my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock,to draw away the disciples, after themselves”

Acts 20:17-24
17
Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him.
18
And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,
19
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
20
how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,
21
testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
22
And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,
23
except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
24
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Acts 20
1
After the uproar ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them, he said farewell and departed for Macedonia.
2
When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece.
3
There he spent three months, and when a plot was made against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia.
4
Sopater the Berean, son of Pyrrhus, accompanied him; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and the Asians, Tychicus and Trophimus.
5
These went on ahead and were waiting for us at Troas,
6
but we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we came to them at Troas, where we stayed for seven days.
7
On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight.
8
There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered.
9
And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.
10
But Paul went down and bent over him, and taking him in his arms, said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.”
11
And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed.
12
And they took the youth away alive, and were not a little comforted.
13
But going ahead to the ship, we set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there, for so he had arranged, intending himself to go by land.
14
And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and went to Mitylene.
15
And sailing from there we came the following day opposite Chios; the next day we touched at Samos; and the day after that we went to Miletus.
16
For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia, for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.
17
Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him.
18
And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,
19
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
20
how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,
21
testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
22
And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,
23
except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
24
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
25
And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.
26
Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all,
27
for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
28
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
29
I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
30
and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
31
Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.
32
And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
33
I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.
34
You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.
35
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
36
And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
37
And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him,
38
being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.
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In this passage, Paul reminds the Ephesian elders of the time that he had spent with them.

  • Paul met with the Ephesian elders, to warn them, about what was going to happen, after his departure.
    He reminded them, of the way he lived, when he was with them, and that the Jews, had plotted against him.
  • Paul had taught them publicly, and from house to house, and had held back nothing, from them. He testified to the Jews, and also to the Gentile (Greeks), repentance toward God, and faith, toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • He was bound in the spirit, to go to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that would happen to him there, "except, that the Holy Spirit testified in every city, saying chains, and tribulations were awaiting him."
  • He said, that none of these things moved him; and that he did not count own his life, to be dear to himself.
  • The only thing that was important to him, was to finish his race with joy, and to fulfill, the ministry, which he received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel, of the grace of God.

The way Paul lived is an example of how we should live today

Acts 20:25-31
25
And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.
26
Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all,
27
for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
28
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
29
I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
30
and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
31
Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.

In this passage, Paul warned the elders about the savage wolves, that were going to come in, among them

  • Paul told them that they would see his face, no more
  • He said that he was innocent, of the blood of all men, because he had declared to them, the whole counsel of God.
  • Sound Doctrine, which is the ‘Whole counsel of God, is found in the four Gospels, and the New Testament letters of Paul, James, Peter, John and Jude
  • Paul warned them, that they must take heed to themselves, and to all the flock, because the Holy Spirit has made them overseers, to shepherd, the church of God
  • Paul told them, that he knew that after his departure, savage wolves, would come in among them, not sparing the flock.
  • And that from among them, men would rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples, after themselves.
  • He admonished them, to watch, and remember that for three years, he did not cease, to warn everyone, night and day, with tears.

After Paul was taken home, to heaven, these things did actually happen. The savage wolves, did come in

Even now, we need to be on guard, against these savage wolves

Acts 20:32-35
32
And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
33
I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.
34
You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.
35
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

In this passage, Paul commends the elders, to the grace of God

  • He reminds them, that he had labored, to provide for his own needs (necessities), and for those who were with him. Paul had shown in every way, by laboring like this, that you must, support the weak.
  • He told them to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, “It is more blessed to give, than to receive” These words of Jesus are still true, for us today

It really is, more blessed to give, than to receive

Acts 20:36-38
36
And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
37
And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him,
38
being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.

In this passage, Paul prayed with the elders

  • He knelt down and prayed with them all.
  • Then, they all wept freely, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him
  • They were sorrowing, most of all, that they would see his face, no more.
  • Then, they accompanied him to the ship.

Today, the very most important thing we can do, is to pray

And, we need to have the kind of love for each other, that they had for Paul


The next part of this study, is
2 Timothy 4
1
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:
2
preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
3
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
4
and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
5
As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
6
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.
7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
8
Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
9
Do your best to come to me soon.
10
For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
11
Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.
12
Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.
13
When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.
14
Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.
15
Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message.
16
At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!
17
But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth.
18
The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
19
Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.
20
Erastus remained at Corinth, and I left Trophimus, who was ill, at Miletus.
21
Do your best to come before winter. Eubulus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers.
22
The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
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"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine"

Acts 20:17-24
17
Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him.
18
And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,
19
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
20
how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,
21
testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
22
And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,
23
except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
24
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Acts 20
1
After the uproar ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them, he said farewell and departed for Macedonia.
2
When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece.
3
There he spent three months, and when a plot was made against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia.
4
Sopater the Berean, son of Pyrrhus, accompanied him; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and the Asians, Tychicus and Trophimus.
5
These went on ahead and were waiting for us at Troas,
6
but we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we came to them at Troas, where we stayed for seven days.
7
On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight.
8
There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered.
9
And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.
10
But Paul went down and bent over him, and taking him in his arms, said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.”
11
And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed.
12
And they took the youth away alive, and were not a little comforted.
13
But going ahead to the ship, we set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there, for so he had arranged, intending himself to go by land.
14
And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and went to Mitylene.
15
And sailing from there we came the following day opposite Chios; the next day we touched at Samos; and the day after that we went to Miletus.
16
For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia, for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.
17
Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him.
18
And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,
19
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
20
how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,
21
testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
22
And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,
23
except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
24
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
25
And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.
26
Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all,
27
for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
28
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
29
I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
30
and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
31
Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.
32
And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
33
I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.
34
You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.
35
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
36
And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
37
And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him,
38
being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.
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I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house

Acts 20:17-24
17
Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him.
18
And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,
19
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
20
how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,
21
testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
22
And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,
23
except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
24
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
  1. Who did Paul call for from Miletus?
    Acts 20:17
    Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him.
  2. What did Paul say to the Ephesian elders?
    Acts 20:18-20
    18
    And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,
    19
    serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
    20
    how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,
  3. How had Paul served the Lord?
    Acts 20:19
    serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
  4. Why did he have many tears and trials?
    Acts 20:19
    serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
  5. What had Paul kept back from them?
    Acts 20:20
    how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,
  6. Where had he taught them?
    Acts 20:20
    how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,
  7. Who had he testified repentance to?
    Acts 20:21
    testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  8. Where was Paul bound to go?
    Acts 20:21
    testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  9. What had the Spirit testified in every city?
    Acts 20:23
    except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
  10. How did these things move Paul?
    Acts 20:24
    But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
  11. What did he not consider to be dear to himself?
    Acts 20:24
    But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
  12. How did he want to finish the race?
    Acts 20:24
    But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
  13. What had he received from the Lord to do?
    Acts 20:24
    But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
  14. What did he testify to?
    Acts 20:24
    But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Acts 20:25-31
25
And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.
26
Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all,
27
for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
28
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
29
I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
30
and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
31
Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.

Acts 20
1
After the uproar ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them, he said farewell and departed for Macedonia.
2
When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece.
3
There he spent three months, and when a plot was made against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia.
4
Sopater the Berean, son of Pyrrhus, accompanied him; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and the Asians, Tychicus and Trophimus.
5
These went on ahead and were waiting for us at Troas,
6
but we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we came to them at Troas, where we stayed for seven days.
7
On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight.
8
There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered.
9
And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.
10
But Paul went down and bent over him, and taking him in his arms, said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.”
11
And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed.
12
And they took the youth away alive, and were not a little comforted.
13
But going ahead to the ship, we set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there, for so he had arranged, intending himself to go by land.
14
And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and went to Mitylene.
15
And sailing from there we came the following day opposite Chios; the next day we touched at Samos; and the day after that we went to Miletus.
16
For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia, for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.
17
Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him.
18
And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,
19
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
20
how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,
21
testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
22
And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,
23
except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
24
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
25
And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.
26
Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all,
27
for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
28
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
29
I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
30
and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
31
Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.
32
And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
33
I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.
34
You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.
35
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
36
And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
37
And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him,
38
being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.
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For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God

Acts 20:25-31
25
And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.
26
Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all,
27
for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
28
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
29
I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
30
and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
31
Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.
  1. What had Paul preached among them?
    Acts 20:25
    And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.
  2. Who would they see no more?
    Acts 20:26
    Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all,
  3. What did Paul testify to them?
    Acts 20:26
    Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all,
  4. Why was he innocent of blood?
    Acts 20:27
    for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
  5. Who were they to take heed to?
    Acts 20:28
    Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
  6. How had they become overseers?
    Acts 20:28
    Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
  7. What were they to shepherd?
    Acts 20:28
    Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
  8. What did Paul know would happen after his departure?
    Acts 20:29
    I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
  9. What would they not spare?
    Acts 20:29
    I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
  10. Who would rise up among them?
    Acts 20:30
    and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
  11. How would these men speak?
    Acts 20:30
    and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
  12. Who would they draw disciples after?
    Acts 20:30
    and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
  13. What did Paul tell them to do?
    Acts 20:31
    Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.
  14. What were they to remember, that had Paul had done for three years?
    Acts 20:31
    Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.
  15. At what time of the day had Paul warned them?
    Acts 20:31
    Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.

Acts 20:32-35
32
And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
33
I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.
34
You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.
35
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Acts 20
1
After the uproar ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them, he said farewell and departed for Macedonia.
2
When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece.
3
There he spent three months, and when a plot was made against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia.
4
Sopater the Berean, son of Pyrrhus, accompanied him; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and the Asians, Tychicus and Trophimus.
5
These went on ahead and were waiting for us at Troas,
6
but we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we came to them at Troas, where we stayed for seven days.
7
On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight.
8
There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered.
9
And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.
10
But Paul went down and bent over him, and taking him in his arms, said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.”
11
And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed.
12
And they took the youth away alive, and were not a little comforted.
13
But going ahead to the ship, we set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there, for so he had arranged, intending himself to go by land.
14
And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and went to Mitylene.
15
And sailing from there we came the following day opposite Chios; the next day we touched at Samos; and the day after that we went to Miletus.
16
For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia, for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.
17
Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him.
18
And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,
19
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
20
how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,
21
testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
22
And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,
23
except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
24
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
25
And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.
26
Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all,
27
for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
28
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
29
I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
30
and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
31
Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.
32
And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
33
I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.
34
You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.
35
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
36
And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
37
And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him,
38
being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.
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I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified

Acts 20:32-35
32
And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
33
I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.
34
You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.
35
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
  1. Who did Paul commend them to?
    Acts 20:32
    And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
  2. What did Paul commend them to?
    Acts 20:32
    And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
  3. What is the word of His grace able to do?
    Acts 20:32
    And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
  4. Who will the inheritance be for?
    Acts 20:32
    And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
  5. What had Paul not coveted?
    Acts 20:33
    I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.
  6. How had Paul provided for his own needs?
    Acts 20:34
    You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.
  7. Who else had he provided for?
    Acts 20:34
    You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.
  8. Who did Paul show us that you must support?
    Acts 20:35
    In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
  9. What words of Jesus does he remind us of?
    Acts 20:35
    In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Acts 20:36-38
36
And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
37
And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him,
38
being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.

Acts 20
1
After the uproar ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them, he said farewell and departed for Macedonia.
2
When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece.
3
There he spent three months, and when a plot was made against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia.
4
Sopater the Berean, son of Pyrrhus, accompanied him; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and the Asians, Tychicus and Trophimus.
5
These went on ahead and were waiting for us at Troas,
6
but we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we came to them at Troas, where we stayed for seven days.
7
On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight.
8
There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered.
9
And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.
10
But Paul went down and bent over him, and taking him in his arms, said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.”
11
And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed.
12
And they took the youth away alive, and were not a little comforted.
13
But going ahead to the ship, we set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there, for so he had arranged, intending himself to go by land.
14
And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and went to Mitylene.
15
And sailing from there we came the following day opposite Chios; the next day we touched at Samos; and the day after that we went to Miletus.
16
For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia, for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.
17
Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him.
18
And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,
19
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
20
how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,
21
testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
22
And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,
23
except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
24
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
25
And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.
26
Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all,
27
for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
28
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
29
I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
30
and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
31
Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.
32
And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
33
I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.
34
You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.
35
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
36
And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
37
And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him,
38
being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.
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And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all

Acts 20:36-38
36
And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
37
And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him,
38
being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.
  1. And when he had said these things, what did Paul do?
    Acts 20:36
    And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
  2. How did they weep?
    Acts 20:37
    And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him,
  3. In addition to weeping, how did they respond?
    Acts 20:37
    And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him,
  4. Why did they sorrow?
  5. Where did they accompany Paul to?
    Acts 20:38
    being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.
    Acts 20:38
    being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.