Scripture: Acts 20-23. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Paul was about to end his second missionary journey and begin his third. The church in Antioch was Peter’s home base. After Paul spent some time in Antioch, he traveled throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, encouraging and strengthening disciples. A man named Apollos, who was pretty knowledgeable of Scripture, came to Ephesus. However, he only knew about the Baptism of John. Priscilla and Aquila invited him into their home and explained the way of God a little better, for Apollos did not know about Jesus’ death and resurrection or the coming of the Holy Spirit. While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul went to Ephesus. A riot in Ephesus then sent Paul to Troas and on to Macedonia. A plot against Paul’s life was discovered. Follow along as we read Acts 20-23, learning about Paul traveling through Macedonia and Greece, Eutychus being raised from the dead at Troas, Paul’s farewell to the Ephesian elders, Paul returning to Jerusalem, Paul being arrested, Paul speaking to the people and before the Sanhedrin, the plot to kill Paul, and Paul being transferred to Caesarea!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Being a believer is not always easy. Paul humbly served God, and he was persecuted along his journey; however, he never gave up. He knew it was God’s will for him to deliver the message of salvation to everyone he encountered. We, too, should be obedient to God, serving Him, and sharing the Good News with others. God’s blessings far outweigh this life’s struggles and difficulties. Paul considered his life worth nothing unless he used it for God’s work. Just the same, what we put into this life is way more important than what we get out of it. We are on this earth to be God’s hands and feet, to share God’s wonderful news with everyone, working to better His coming kingdom! Paul was also satisfied with whatever he had, whatever God gave Him. We also must take the time to examine our priorities, making sure that we put God’s work first in our lives. One we share God’s message of salvation with others, we can leave the results to God, and He will take care of it. God is always there for us, and He will help us when we are under attack for our faith in Him. Paul was always ready to present his testimony to others, and we can ask the Holy Spirit to give us the power to speak boldly to others. God is in complete control of our lives, and we must put our complete trust and faith in Him. 🙂
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Acts, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.