I don’t know of anyone like Paul who had such aggressive and expansive plans. “Paul resolved in the Spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia and go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome” (19:21). Observe the Holy Spirit moving in His servant through Acts 19:21 to 28:31 (Lesson 6). In his wake, he is leaving behind leadership that is equipped and instructed so they can face the same challenges we face today. There are far too many “Key Principles” for me to list here, but let these listed below propel you into a deeper study of this final section of Acts.
· The remembrance of Jesus in the Lord’s Supper was central to the life of the Early Church and it should be for us (Acts 20:7). “In everything He must be preeminent” (Colossians 1:18).
· Instructing leaders in the “whole counsel of God” and warning them of dangers “among themselves” is a necessary part of equipping the local church for effective expansion (Acts 20:18-32).
· Just like Paul, we must never lose the vision of God’s call on our lives (Acts 22:21; 26:19-23). If we are committed to His call, God will also confirm it in His way, at the right time.
· One of the most powerful moments for any servant of the Lord is to know that the Lord is “standing by” (Acts 23:11). His presence puts everything else in perspective (See also 2 Timothy 4:17-18).
· As the Lord had promised Paul, he was given opportunities to witness before kings and rulers. But watch for the dangers of caving into a bribe in order to be released from restrictions (Acts 24:26).
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