Acts 20 Outline
– Paul traveled through the region of Macedonia and Greece (Acts 20:1-6)
– Eutychus fell asleep on the window and fell down from the third story and died (Acts 20:7-9)
– Paul raised Eutychus to life (Acts 20:10-12)
– Paul went aboard on the ship at Assos (Acts 20:13-14)
– Paul passed through Chios, Samos and Miletus (Acts 20:15-16)
– Paul sent for the Ephesian church elders (Acts 20:17)
– Paul told the Ephesian church elders how he persevere for the gospel (Acts 20:15-18-24)
– Paul told the Ephesians church elders that this will be the last time they see him (Acts 20:25-35)
– The people sent Paul away to the ship (Acts 20:36-38)
Acts 20 Summary
Paul encouraged the disciples after the uproar came to a halt in Ephesus. Then, he went to Macedonia and encouraged the people there. After that, he stayed in Greece and preached to the people there for 3 months. The Jews planned to attack him as he was about to sail to Syria so he return through Macedonia. Several brethren accompanied him including Sopater of Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus, Gaius of Derbe, Timotheus, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia. These men waited for Paul and his traveling companions at Troas. Paul and his companions sailed from Pilippi and stayed there for 5 days after the Unleavened Bread Festival.
They broke bread together on the first day of the week. Paul was preaching to the people in an upstairs room, where there were many lamps. A young man named Eutychus was sitting on a window and he fell asleep as Paul preached until midnight. Then, he dropped down from the third story to the ground and died. Paul went down after this happened. He threw himself over the man and put his arms around him and he raised him to life again. Then, he went upstairs, broke bread and eat and continue to preach until daylight. The people brought home the young men and they were comforted about it.
Paul’s companions sailed ahead of him to Assos, where Paul met them and went aboard on the ship. They sailed to Chios, Samos and then to Miletus. Paul sent for the church elders in Ephesus while in Miletus. He told them how he had persevere for the gospel and served him. Paul told the church elders that the Holy Spirit warn him that there will be prison and persecutions in every city.
Paul’s goal is to finish the race and complete the work God has entrusted to him, the work of proclaiming the good news of the gospel to the people. Paul told the people that this will be the last time they see him. He warned them of false preachers that may arise from their own congregations after he is gone so they have to be on their guard. He reminded them how he warned them about false preachers for 3 years.
After finished speaking, Paul knelt down and prayed. They wept because this is the last time they will see him. Then, they sent Paul to the ship.
Acts 20 Bible Study
1. Have faith in God
Eutychus dropped down from the window on the third story when Paul was preaching in the city. Paul believed that Jesus Christ can raise the boy from the dead so Jesus raised the boy from the dead and he was alive again. It is important to have faith when you are asking God for something. If you want God to heal your sickness, you must believe the Jesus will heal you. God is the best doctor in the world. Jesus is a God who heals.
2. Persevere for the sake of gospel
Paul continued to preach the gospel even though the Holy Spirit warn him of prison and persecution in every city. In James 1:12, blessed is the man who remains steadfast during trial. He who have stood the test will receive the crown of life. In Romans 5:3-5, Paul said he and his companions rejoice in their sufferings for Jesus. Sufferings produce endurance. Endurance produce characters. Characters produce hope. Hope does not put us to shape because the love of God has been poured into our hearts. In 2 Timothy 2:12, if we endure, we will reign with him. If we deny him, he will also deny us. In Hebrews 10:36, you need to have endurance so that we may receive what is promised to us after doing the will of God. In Revelation 3:11, Jesus is coming soon so you should hold fast to what you have otherwise we may lose your crown.
3. Not every preacher teach the truth
In Acts 20:25-31, Paul warned the Ephesian elders of false preachers that will rise up among them after he is gone. Not every preach the truth so you must always examine the bible and make sure that it is in accordance to God’s words. In 1 Thessalonians 5:21, we should test everything and hold on to the good. In 1 John 4:1, we should not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God because many false prophets have gone out into the world.