Acts 20:1-16 1 After the uproar ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them, he said farewell and departed for Macedonia. 2 When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece. 3 There he spent three months, and when a plot was made against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia. 4 Sopater the Berean, son of Pyrrhus, accompanied him; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and the Asians, Tychicus and Trophimus. 5 These went on ahead and were waiting for us at Troas, 6 but we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we came to them at Troas, where we stayed for seven days.
7 On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered. 9 And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. 10 But Paul went down and bent over him, and taking him in his arms, said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.” 11 And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed. 12 And they took the youth away alive, and were not a little comforted.
13 But going ahead to the ship, we set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there, for so he had arranged, intending himself to go by land. 14 And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and went to Mitylene. 15 And sailing from there we came the following day opposite Chios; the next day we touched at Samos; and the day after that we went to Miletus. 16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia, for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
1. Study through Acts 20:1-16 together. What stands out to you and why?
In verses 7-12 we see how serious the church took gathering to receive preaching and teaching from the Word of God — so much so that when someone dies Jesus brings him back to life through Paul in order that the teaching may continue.
2. Do you see the same type of seriousness today in professed Christians? What excuses do people use for not gathering with the church? What excuses have you used, at times, for neglecting gathering with other Christians for worship? Which other passages show the importance of Christians gathering for worship? (hint 1, hint 2, hint 3)
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25
3. What does the writer of Hebrews say will happen as we are “not neglecting to meet together”? *at least three things
In Acts, Paul is constantly working his tent-making job, preaching and teaching, training pastors and church members, traveling many places to do this. He was as busy as busy gets, for the right reasons. By God’s grace he poured out his life for the good of others and the glory of Christ.
4. Is this a mark of the Church in your culture—busy doing things for the glory of Jesus and the good of others? Is this something that marks your life—being busy (for the right reasons) doing eternally fruitful things?
5. What are some habits and rhythms in your life you need to repent of, in order to live for the glory of Jesus and the good of others?
Consider Hebrews 12:1-2 as you close, looking to Jesus as your Savior and Trailblazer! “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
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