Scripture Reference for this week: Acts 20:17-24
1. Paul is preparing to head to Ephesus and encourage them to live as an example for Christ, during the time that we have been apart, how has God worked within your life to be a living example for Him? (verses 17-21)
2. Paul writes, "And now, compelled by the Holy Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there." (verse 22)
Have you ever felt the power of the Holy Spirit to go and do something that is out of the ordinary for you? Talk to a stranger... help someone in need? How did that make you feel? If you did not do it, why?
3. Paul says, "I only know that prison and hardships are facing me." (verse 23) If you knew that doing something for Jesus would cause you pain and possible suffering would you still do it?
In the sermon today, the quote from Charles Spurgeon said, Paul preached a gospel worth dying for. It is a worthy challenge to any Christian: Is the gospel you preach worth dying for?
Do we live for a Gospel worth dying for?
4. Paul's final scripture states, "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace." (Verse 24)
What is our true goal in this world, are we trying to reach the top for ourselves or are we trying to show the world Jesus?