Thursday, April 11, 2013

April 11 - Acts 20

Today's reading in our daily plan is Acts 20. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • After everything settles down in Ephesus, Paul heads northwest into Greece and down the peninsula, visiting and encouraging all the churches he had previously planted. He was about to sail to Syria when he caught wind of a plot to take his life. The change in plans brought him back the way he came. 
  • In Troas (west coast of modern Turkey) Paul spends a lot of time teaching the disciples.
  • Paul continued on to Miletus (also on the west coast of Turkey) and met with the leadership from the Ephesian church. He told them he was going to Jerusalem though he wasn't sure what to expect. He could only assume more of what he received in every city, which was persecution, opposition and imprisonment.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Everywhere Paul went he faced problems. But he was ok with that, because he knew what he was about. He told the Ephesians (in verse 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." At Verve, we call that being a grace wholesaler.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you think you could be as bold and determined as Paul? Can you say that you consider your life worth nothing if you don’t finish the task that God has given you? What task has God given you? You have a unique calling from God, but we all have the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace? So how are you doing with that? Start looking for ways to grow in your ability and for opportunities to share God's grace with others. Finish the race and complete the task!