Book of Acts Chapter Twenty (Part One)

Introduction: A key idea in the book of Acts is that believers are to be witnesses for the Lord, everywhere we go. Today, we hope to discuss Paul’s ministry in Greece.

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Body:

Read Acts 20:1-6

D. The Third Missionary Journey.

2. Greece. Paul is encouraging believers as he travels about in this section of the book of Acts. He has a group of men waiting for him in Troas. He made it to Troas and stayed there seven days.

Applications –

- The uproar ended. Notice in vs. 1 that troubles don’t last always. As was the case with Paul, in this section of the book Acts, it is good to know that if we keep trusting and obeying God, God has a way of planting those marvelous words in our way, “the uproar had ended.”

Let’s work on the faith needed to be faithful, as we wait on the uproar to end. Prayerful study and obedience with the support of other believers will help us in this area.

- Encouraging, in spite of circumstances. Notice in vss. 1-2 that in spite of all that Paul was going through, he kept on encouraging others. There are too many who preach a good sermon, as long as things are well with them. But when they have stormy weather, they stop preaching about the goodness of the Lord.

Let’s work on being an encourager, in spite of our personal circumstances. Whatever we are going through, it is temporary, and one way or another, it is going to get better for believers.

- Counter the persistent devil. Notice in vs. 3 of our lesson in the book of Acts that the devil is so persistent. And he has a long track record of using religious people to carry out his dirt.

First, we should keep our spiritual muscles in shape, because the devil keeps on coming. Second, we should make sure we don’t let the devil use us.

Staying in the word, which places a high value on love, is key to staying off of the devil’s team. Let’s work on developing the faith needed to fight off the devil’s persistent attacks.

- A change of plans. Notice in vs. 3 of the book of Acts that sometimes the best thing to do is to change your plans. If we are not careful, we will allow pride, laziness, or putting words in God’s mouth to keep us going into unnecessary trouble.

Sometimes God has given us the goal and allowed us to come up with the plan. Therefore, we can change the plan and stay true to God’s will.

Let’s seek the spiritual wisdom and courage to change the plan. On the other side of this coin is the reality that sometimes the best thing to do is go through the trouble with the original plan. There is no one size fit all.

- Sendable men. Notice in vss. 4-6 that there were a number of men who were sendable and able to work together, even though they had different assignments. It takes a certain amount of competency to be sendable.

It takes Christian character and humility to be sendable. If the church lacks sendable men then the church is rather limited in its ability to minister to its members and community.

Of course the church needs sendable women. However, there seems to be an even greater need today for sendable men. Let’s work on supporting the development of sendable men.

- Remembering and living for God. Notice in vs. 6 the observance of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This was a time to remember how God delivered His people out of Egyptian captivity and slavery.

It is a good practice to stop from time to time to intentionally remember how good God has been to us. Such memories should move us to want to live lives that are obedient to Him. Let’s work on remembering and living for God.

Conclusion: Let’s work on being witnesses for the Lord, everywhere we go. God has much for those who obey His will.

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