Paul Sets Priorities (Acts 20:13-38)

Final words are important. Whether they are planned or not, the last words someone says to us are special. Here in Acts 20, Paul goes out of his way to give his final words to the church in Ephesus. He tells us how we can finish the race well (v24). Later in 2 Timothy 4:7, he says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” How will we be able to say that?

Here Paul gives us 5 sets of priorities to finish the race:

  1. For Paul: Encourage the Church (v13-17, 36-38)
  2. For the Church: Teach Repentance and Faith (v18-21)
  3. For Pastors: Don’t Shrink Back (v22-27)
  4. For Elders: Be Alert (v28-35)
  5. For Everyone: Stick Close (v32)

Sunday 25th August 2019

Review questions:

  • Where was Paul going (v16)? Why (v22)?
  • People must ________________________ before they believe (v20)
  • What should the church prioritise (v21)?
  • We should value the _________________________________ of the _______________________ more than taking up our cross (v23, Mark 8:34)
  • What is “the whole counsel of God” (v27, Revelation 22:18-19)?
  • Elders are both _____________________ and ___________________________ (v28)
  • Jesus warns against _______________________ in ________________________ (v29-30, Matthew 7:15)
  • What do wolves do (v30)?
  • Where do we receive God’s grace (v32)?
  • A question I have:
  • A truth to share:
  • Something to pray about:
  • How I should live: