The Way One Views Their Ministry
December 3, 2006
INTRODUCTION: This passage does not contain a cold, methodical word of exhortation, but an emotional, passionate plea to be remembered and embraced.
He also opened this address with a sad note, rather than a joke.
Acts 20:25, "And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more."
He will remind them at least twice that he has sought to preach the gospel as thoroughly and clearly as he knows how.
Acts 20:20, "how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house"
Acts 20:27, "For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God."
Realizing that he is speaking to his successors in Ephesus, he challenges them as leaders to have a proper perspective toward God, believers, lost, and themselves. This message is filled with the language of a sacrificial servant.
• Compelled by the Spirit to an uncertain future .22
• Facing prison and hardship .23
• A life laid down for others .24
• I will never see you again .25
With that being said, note v.22
"And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there."
"bound in the spirit" -- a strong compulsion to fulfill his ministry. Word is commonly used to refer to physical binding with chains or ropes. It is used figuratively to speak of the powerful tie of the marriage bond.
Romans 15:29-33, "But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ. Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, that I may come to you with joy by the will of God ...
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