In this section of Acts, Paul plans to visit Rome, but how he gets there is an unforeseen journey. After leaving the elders in Ephesus, Paul goes to Jerusalem where, after his arrest, he eventually appeals to Caesar. This takes him to Rome where he preaches the gospel with all boldness and without hindrance.
As we go through these chapters, consider carefully how he left the church in Ephesus and the key principles that he used to leave behind a strong biblical church. These principles are the hallmark of a successful model that can be used any time and in any culture. Is there any reason why they should not be used today?
Acts 19:21-41. The Holy Spirit directs Paul’s travels and his helpers are sent out into Macedonia to multiply the ministry. As he travels, Paul confronts the worship of false gods and “persuaded and turned away a great many people.” It is little wonder that such boldness arouses opposition.
Acts 20:1-6. After Paul left Ephesus, he went through Macedonia and gave the disciples “much _________________”. This characteristic in Paul’s method establishes churches so they will reproduce rapidly.
Acts 20:-16. The church at Troas gathered to _______ _______ at which time Paul spoke at length. Eutychus falls into a “deep sleep” and “fell down from the third story. Paul went down…and taking him in his arms said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.” The church is comforted by the power of God in His servant.
As you work through these precious chapters, consider that all these events are working together for the expansion of the gospel and planting churches because Paul is consistent in his method. He never remained in one place longer than it took to evangelize, plant a church, and get it established.
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