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Pauls Third Missionary Journey Concluded Acts 20:17-38 Message 3 in our 14-part series on the Acts of the Apostles. Sunday, July 20, 2014 Speaker: Doug Virgint. Acts 20:17-38. Our outline Pauls plan for the rest of his ministry Pauls plea to help the poor Christians in Jerusalem - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Pauls Third Missionary Journey ConcludedActs 20:17-38

    Message 3 in our 14-part series on the Acts of the Apostles.Sunday, July 20, 2014Speaker: Doug Virgint

  • Acts 20:17-38Our outline Pauls plan for the rest of his ministry Pauls plea to help the poor Christians in Jerusalem Pauls passion for church leadership Pauls presentation of the Gospel Conclusion*

  • Acts 20:17-38Our outline Pauls plan for the rest of his ministry Pauls plea to help the poor Christians in Jerusalem Pauls passion for church leadership Pauls presentation of the Gospel Conclusion*

  • 1) Acts 20: 17-38 Pauls planNow after these events Paul resolved in the Spiritto pass throughMacedonia and Achaia andgo to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there,I must also see Rome.(Acts 19:21)*

  • Acts 20:17-38Pauls plan : Visit Jerusalem with a gift from Gentile churches to the poor Christians there Visit the churches in Macedonia and Achaia to reinforce the leadership Visit Rome, and further west, to present the Gospel (Spain, and perhaps even Britain)*

  • Acts 20:17-38Paul is rushing through the Aegean sea to get to Jerusalem ASAPHe passes by the island of Chios (where Homer was born)He stops at Samos, the birth of Pythagoras, the great mathematiciana2 + b2 = c2*

  • Acts 20:17-38Our outline Pauls plan for the rest of his ministry Pauls plea to help the poor Christians in Jerusalem Pauls passion for church leadership Pauls presentation of the Gospel Conclusion*

  • Acts 20:17-38Visit Jerusalem with a gift from Gentile churches to the poor ChristiansIn Galatians, Paul adds one detail to James decision at the Acts 15 Jerusalem council:Only they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.(Galatians 2:10)*

  • 2) Visit Jerusalem with a gift

    F.F. Bruce has written an important book that traces Pauls passion to collect these gifts and take them to the poor in Jerusalem.

    Paul, Apostle of a Heart Set Free*

  • 2) Visit Jerusalem with a gift

    At present, however,I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints.For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem.For they were pleased to do it, and indeedthey owe it to them. *

  • 2) Visit Jerusalem with a gift

    For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected, I will leavefor Spain by way of you.(Romans 15:25-28)*

  • 2) Visit Jerusalem with a giftNow concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do.Onthe first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up,as he may prosper,so that there will be no collecting when I come.And when I arrive, I will sendthose whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem.If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me. (1 Corinthians 16:1-4)*

  • 2) Visit Jerusalem with a giftPaul made that commitment at the Jerusalem conferenceMany Christians in Jerusalem were desperately poor and were banished from the temple and all Jewish charity

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  • 2) Visit Jerusalem with a giftPaul wished to show off the generosity of Gentile churches to the Jewish believersPaul remained a devout Jew to the last and wished to demonstrate his Jewish piety to the Jewish Christians in JudeaHe felt that this gesture from Gentile Christians would help heal the tensions between the strong Jewish Christians and the new non-Jewish churches

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  • 2) Visit Jerusalem with a giftWhy was Paul so desperate to arrive in Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost?A large crowd of pious Jews from around the world was still in Jerusalem.It was at the day of Pentecost that God showed his will to call all nations to him through preaching in many languages. On that day the Spirit was given and the church was founded.

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  • 2) Visit Jerusalem with a giftWhy was Paul so desperate to arrive in Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost?To a Jew, the feast of Pentecost was a joyous time, to celebrate the harvest and to bring the first fruits to God as an offering.Paul no doubt saw this collection as a first fruits offering from the Gentile Christians.*

  • Acts 20:17-38Our outline Pauls plan for the rest of his ministry Pauls plea to help the poor Christians in Jerusalem Pauls passion for church leadership Pauls presentation of the Gospel Conclusion*

  • 3) passion for leadershipPaul seizes his last opportunity to influence the future of the church he had founded in Ephesus.He knows that the most important way he can spend the one day he has available is to meet the leaders one last time.

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  • 3) passion for leadershipThe most pressing need in our churches in this church is not to copy the latest program that worked somewhere elseIt is not to follow the latest trends.It is to develop real Biblical leadership, from within the local church.Leaders who follow Pauls model and, ultimately, Christs model!*

  • 3) passion for leadershipLets spend some time looking at Pauls model for Church leadership:Our service is first of all for the Lord (19)we serve God rather than manour service is marked by humility (the servant is not greater than his Master)*

  • 3) passion for leadershipWe also serve the Churchteaching is the soul of a church leaders work (20, 27)it takes great courage to not shrink from teaching all God requires, especially when the Bible is counterculturalthe local church needs a plan to make sure all important truths are covered regularly (Paul spent 3 years in Ephesus)*

  • 3) passion for leadershipWe also serve the Church pastoral work is also part of the leaders work in the local Church (31)this takes time and competencethe true pastor applies the Word of God to peoples problems

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  • 3) passion for leadershipWe must also serve those who know not Christchurch leaders show leadership in evangelisation (21)they provide occasions in the life of the local church for this to take place

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  • 3) passion for leadershipWe must also watch our own lives while we serve Christ and His Churchan attitude of sacrificenot after the money (33-35)we are willing to suffer (19) (tears and trials)

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  • 3) passion for leadershipWe must also watch our own lives while we serve Christ and his ChurchPaul has made tremendous sacrifices and suffered greatlyBut he is not retiringHe is looking forward to travelling to Rome and even further west Spain and the British Isles

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  • 3) passion for leadershipPaul had a passion to preach the Gospel to all of the Gentiles to all the Roman Empire.He knew that he was the apostle to the Gentiles.He had a plan to accomplish Gods calling in his life flexible, but a plan!*

  • Acts 20:17-38Our outline Pauls plan for the rest of his ministry Pauls plea to help the poor Christians in Jerusalem Pauls passion for church leadership Pauls presentation of the Gospel Conclusion*

  • 4) presentation of the gospeltestifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (vs. 21)Two elements of Pauls gospel here:repentance toward Godfaith in our Lord Jesus Christ*

  • 4) presentation of the gospelRepentance toward God:a change of mind that results in changed behaviourit involves our whole person: intellect, emotions, willthe conscious act of the sinner who turns from his sin to God

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  • 4) presentation of the gospelRepentance toward God:remorse sorry for consequencesrepentance sorry for act itself, for our sinJohn the Baptist, Jesus, Peter, Paul - all called for repentance

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  • 4) presentation of the gospelRepentance toward God:true repentance is a gift from GodGod's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance (Romans 2:4)we need to realize that God is the Holy Sovereign of the universe and that our sin has insulted him and called down his judgment on us*

  • 4) presentation of the gospelFaith in our Lord Jesus Christ:understanding that all our religion and the good things we do are inadequate to obtain Gods pardon and salvationbelieving who Jesus is God the Son, the second Person if the Trinity, who came to earth to save us

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  • 4) presentation of the gospelFaith in our Lord Jesus Christ:understanding that God punished our sins in the person of Jesus Christ on the cross.on the cross, God the Father treated Jesus-Christ the Son as if He had committed all the sins I have ever committed.

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  • 4) presentation of the gospel

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  • 4) presentation of the gospelFaith in our Lord Jesus Christ:believing and accepting what Christ has done for mecommitting ourselves to serving and obeying Christ as Lord Lord Jesus Christ

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  • Acts 20:17-38Our outlinePauls plan for the rest of his ministryPauls plea to help the poor Christians in JerusalemPauls passion for church leadershipPauls presentation of the GospelConclusion*

  • 5) ConclusionIs the Lord calling you to leadership in the local church?Our churches desperately need younger men and older men to be trained to take over leadership.No other calling is so rewarding and so important.Are you allowing some career or some ambition to get in the way of that calling?*

  • 5) ConclusionIf you are a leader in a local church, are you allowing a lack of humility, a refusal to sacrifice or improper motivations to ruin your ministry and your local church?Are you looking for a mentor and for training?

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  • 5) ConclusionAre we as individuals and as a local church showing generosity to the poor people who surround us in Montreal and in the whole world?

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  • 5) ConclusionAre those of us who are older getting lazy in our service? Are we continuing to serve the local church and the Lord perhaps in different ways?Does the Bible ever speak about retirement?

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  • 5) ConclusionHave you truly repented of your sin?Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?

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  • Acts 20: 17-38Pauls third missionary journey concluded*

    *Six years had elapsed since Pauls 1st visit to Macedonia. These were not just a few trips Paul took, this was his whole life.One activity that especially concerned Paul at this time was collecting money for the relief of impoverished believers at Jerusalem . . . Paul viewed it as a symbol of unity that would help his Gentile converts realize their debt to the mother church in Jerusalem. Paul wrote Romans from this area (Romans 15:26-28). Although some sailors and shipowners were Jewish, most were Gentiles. On a ship to Syria, however, many travelers may have been Jewishespecially if the ship planned to reach Syria-Palestine by Passover.Paul stayed at Corinth for three months, likely the winter months (see 1 Cor. 16:6), when sea travel was more dangerous.Now at that time it was the feast of the Passover and Paul was probably wanting to get back to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. But thousands of Jews would come for the feast of the Passover from all over. And there would be many chartered type ships coming from Greece, from Athens, from . . . to go to Jerusalem, they would be filled with Jews coming for the feast. This would be like Thanksgiving in America.*Six years had elapsed since Pauls 1st visit to Macedonia. These were not just a few trips Paul took, this was his whole life.One activity that especially concerned Paul at this time was collecting money for the relief of impoverished believers at Jerusalem . . . Paul viewed it as a symbol of unity that would help his Gentile converts realize their debt to the mother church in Jerusalem. Paul wrote Romans from this area (Romans 15:26-28). Although some sailors and shipowners were Jewish, most were Gentiles. On a ship to Syria, however, many travelers may have been Jewishespecially if the ship planned to reach Syria-Palestine by Passover.Paul stayed at Corinth for three months, likely the winter months (see 1 Cor. 16:6), when sea travel was more dangerous.Now at that time it was the feast of the Passover and Paul was probably wanting to get back to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. But thousands of Jews would come for the feast of the Passover from all over. And there would be many chartered type ships coming from Greece, from Athens, from . . . to go to Jerusalem, they would be filled with Jews coming for the feast. This would be like Thanksgiving in America.*Inappropriate chapter division, verse 1 should be part of Chapter 19. What is hinted in Acts only at Acts 24:17 but is clear in his letters, Pauls purpose is to collect the offering of the Macedonian (Philippi, Thessalonica) and Achaean (Corinth) churches to help the poor Christians in Jerusalem, to demonstrate the unity of Jewish and Gentile Christians. He was trying to show the oneness of the body of Christ, where there is neither Jew nor Greek, if one member suffers, they all suffer. While in Greece, Paul spent much of his time in Corinth. From there he wrote the letter to the Romans. Although Paul had not yet been to Rome, however the believers had already started a church there (Acts 2:10; Acts 18:2). *Six years had elapsed since Pauls 1st visit to Macedonia. These were not just a few trips Paul took, this was his whole life.One activity that especially concerned Paul at this time was collecting money for the relief of impoverished believers at Jerusalem . . . Paul viewed it as a symbol of unity that would help his Gentile converts realize their debt to the mother church in Jerusalem. Paul wrote Romans from this area (Romans 15:26-28). Although some sailors and shipowners were Jewish, most were Gentiles. On a ship to Syria, however, many travelers may have been Jewishespecially if the ship planned to reach Syria-Palestine by Passover.Paul stayed at Corinth for three months, likely the winter months (see 1 Cor. 16:6), when sea travel was more dangerous.Now at that time it was the feast of the Passover and Paul was probably wanting to get back to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. But thousands of Jews would come for the feast of the Passover from all over. And there would be many chartered type ships coming from Greece, from Athens, from . . . to go to Jerusalem, they would be filled with Jews coming for the feast. This would be like Thanksgiving in America.*Six years had elapsed since Pauls 1st visit to Macedonia. These were not just a few trips Paul took, this was his whole life.One activity that especially concerned Paul at this time was collecting money for the relief of impoverished believers at Jerusalem . . . Paul viewed it as a symbol of unity that would help his Gentile converts realize their debt to the mother church in Jerusalem. Paul wrote Romans from this area (Romans 15:26-28). Although some sailors and shipowners were Jewish, most were Gentiles. On a ship to Syria, however, many travelers may have been Jewishespecially if the ship planned to reach Syria-Palestine by Passover.Paul stayed at Corinth for three months, likely the winter months (see 1 Cor. 16:6), when sea travel was more dangerous.Now at that time it was the feast of the Passover and Paul was probably wanting to get back to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. But thousands of Jews would come...

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