09 October 2022 (am) – Acts 20:13-38
|Andy Bruins preaching from Acts on Sunday 9th October 2022.
In the first half of Acts chapter 20 we saw how the churches planted through the ministry of Paul and his co-workers prioritised the ministry of the Word of God, “the Apostle’s teaching” (Acts 2:42). This is what made the churches a vibrant, generous community, growing in faithfulness and maturity, producing ministers of quality. In the second half of the chapter we see Paul talking with the Elders of the church in Ephesus, reminding them of the essential content of what he taught and warning them to protect the church from anyone who would try to distort that teaching.
Q Why is it so important that we pass on the Gospel accurately and faithfully? In what way do people try to change it today?
Q Read v17-21. How does Paul sum up the Gospel that he preached to them in v21? Can we share the gospel without including both of these things? What happens if we don’t include both?
Q Read v22-24. What lies ahead for Paul? Why is he still planning to go to Jerusalem? How would you sum up Paul’s philosophy in v24? Does this challenge you?
Q Read v25-31. What is Paul saying in v26-27?
Who are these “savage wolves”, where do they come from, what do they want to do and why?
How will the Elders protect the church from them?
Q Read v32-38. How did people know that Paul was not a savage wolf and that the Gospel he preached was authentic?
Q How can we guard ourselves against distorting the Gospel?