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A Final Word of Admonition (17 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
Text: Acts 20:13-38
INTRODUCTION: Last week's lesson was entitled, "The Danger of Falling Asleep During the Message." You will remember that Eutychus was the young man who fell asleep during Paul's lengthy sermon. The Bible says in (20:9, "And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead." Paul demonstrated the power of God by raising Eutychus from the dead. It says in (vs. 12), "And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted."
Tonight, we will consider Paul's final words to the elders of Ephesus as he leaves for Jerusalem. I have two points:
I. A Gathering of the Elders
III. A Warning for the Elders
I. A GATHERING OF THE ELDERS (VV. 17-27)
A. A Review (vv. 17-21)
1. Before leaving for Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost, Paul summoned the elders from Ephesus to Miletus. This would be the last time he would see them. One can only imagine the burden he felt, knowing this would be their final meeting. Paul desired to encourage them, and to exhort them. He also felt it important to review his life and ministry. After he was gone, certain ones would seek to undermine his credibility and turn people away from the truth. Look at (vv. 29, 30): "For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them."
2. When you stop and think about it; all we really
have in this life that is of significance is our Christian testimony; everything else is of little importance. Like Paul, I want people to be able to say about me, "There was a man who loved His Lord and lived his life above reproach."
3. By rev ...
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