February 25, 2019
Acts 20:17-31 (NIV)
17 From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church. 18 When they arrived, he said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. 19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents. 20 You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. 21 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
22 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
25 “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. 26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. 28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31 So be on your guard!
1. In verse 19, he says that he serves the Lord with great humility and tears. Why do you think that is the case? What do you think made him cry?
2. What was the teaching consistently of his preaching to the Jews and Gentiles? Why do you think that is so important to him? Why do you think it might be important to Christians today? How might our lives be different if we do that regularly?
3. The Holy Spirit compels him to do what he does. Do you feel like the Holy Spirit compels you to do things? Take a moment to share about that. If you don’t feel that compulsion, perhaps take a moment to share about how you would like the Holy Spirit to speak to you this week.
4. What race do you want to finish? What unique task has He given you?
5. He challenges the hearers – and us today- to keep watch over yourselves and the flock. How specifically do we do that?
6. Take a moment to pray for one another.