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Acts Chapter Twenty, A Farewell Tour...

In our study of Acts chapter twenty, we look at the end of Paul's third missionary journey and the growing opposition to his ministry. This chapter is basically a travel log that tells us of the route that he took as well as the reasons. We also get to see who was leading the journey ( hint: it was not Paul).

Acts 20:1

"When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and after encouraging them, said good-by and set out for Macedonia." NIV translation

The "uproar" that is spoken of is the riot that broke out in Ephesus in chapter 19After that died down, he called the believers and said farewell and headed for Macedonia (Europe).

Acts 20:2 & 3

"He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arriving in Greece, where he stayed three months. Because the Jews made a plot against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia." NIV translation

Paul ended up in Greece where he shared the gospel for three months. He had planned to board a ship and head back to Syria but God had other plans. Many Jews were upset because Paul was telling the people that they did not have to obey the Law of Moses to be saved so they planned to attack him. God then sent him back the way he had come.

Acts 20:4 & 5

"He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas." NIV translation

Paul's ministry at this point was a team effort as many that had accepted Christ began to serve God with Paul. This team went on ahead of Paul and waited for him at Troas. This is a picture of believers working together to simply tell people about Jesus and more of the same should happen today as time is getting shorter. As Christians, we are all on the same team and, if we get out of the way and let Jesus lead the team, He will do great things.

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