Acts 20:17-31 – January 28, 2007

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FAREWELL TO THE EPHESIAN ELDERS – PART 2

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) In verse 17, why didn’t Paul go to Ephesus?

Discussion) Two reasons that he did not want to go to Ephesus. First he wanted to get to Jerusalem as quickly as possible, which leads into the second reason. He did not want to cause an uproar to the church at Ephesus like what had happened before he left Ephesus earlier in Acts.

Q2) What does it mean in verse 22, where Paul says, “I go bound in the Spirit to Jerusalem”?

Discussion) That Paul knew that the Holy Spirit was directing him towards Jerusalem and he did not fight it and he wholeheartedly agreed that he should go to Jerusalem.

Q3) Put yourself in Paul’s shoes. How would you feel about verse 23 and why?

Discussion) This was tough to wrap our minds around but Paul was almost happy about what was set before him. He knew that everywhere he would go that he would be persecuted but from that persecution faith would rise up in the believers in those churches and that increased his desire to be persecuted.

Q4) Why did Peter give the Ephesian elders their positions?

Clues) This was the trick question.

Discussion) It was the Holy Spirit who gave the Ephesian elders their positions. In this way Paul demonstrated that he need not be there anymore in Ephesus, in fact he states that they will no longer see him while here on earth. This way the would not put Paul upon a pedestal but instead would have to rely on God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. This is a great warning for us that we need to be careful not to put any person, no matter how influential or great that they are and have helped our church or us out, higher than God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. If we do this we are performing current day idolatry.

Q5) What is the strong warning in verse 29 that we need to heed?

Discussion) That everything needs to be checked out against what Paul had taught. For us today everything that we hear, no matter who it is from, needs to be tested against the Bible. 99% of the time if it points back to the Gospel of Jesus Christ it is true and correct, whereas if 99% of the time it points back to a person, opinion, or doctirine then it might be wrong.

Q6) What is it that Paul is telling the Ephesian elders – blessing, exhortation, or something else, and why?

Discussion) This is a huge exhortation on how they should start living and start being the pillars of the church in Ephesus.

LIFE APPLICATION: Compare what Paul says here, in Acts 20:24, to what he said in II Timothy 4:7. How can we apply the example he is to us here?

Discussion) The example that Paul sets before us is to finish the race known as the Christian life. Yes, we need to start out strong, but the Christian life is not a sprint but is a marathon, where we need to be strong and paced through the whole race and not be a flash in the pan.

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