ACTS 20:16-21.. 20 … I did not shrink back from proclaiming to you anything that was profitable or from teaching it to you in public and from house to house. 21 I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus.
On his 3rd missionary journey Paul left his home church at Antioch in Syria and traveled west to Corinth and then returned eastward hoping to reach Jerusalem by the day of Pentecost v.16. He was traveling by ship that stopped at Miletus and the elders of the church at Ephesus met them there v.17.
Paul reminded the elders of his being with them about 3 years serving the Lord with humility, tears and trials vv.18-19. He proclaimed everything they needed for life and holiness, teaching it to them in public assemblies and from house to house v.20. He proclaimed to both Jews and Greeks the gospel of repentance toward God and faith in Jesus for salvation v.21.
Paul’s message reminds disciples today of our responsibility because of our love for Jesus; 1] to faithfully proclaim the gospel of repentance and faith to all who will listen, 2] to encourage those saved to be baptized and 3] to teach them the commandments of the Bible needed to live a productive and fruitful life as a disciple. [Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8]
This passage should cause me to review my service for Jesus in the past and set His will as my goal for the future.
Henry Luke 2/8/2018
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