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Summary: Eutychus falls asleep

A. INTRODUCTION

1. Paul traveled to South Greece (Corinth).

2. The letter to the Romans.

a. The most systematic presentation of the gospel.

b. The essence of Paul’s sermons God’s plan of salvation.

c. Personal greeting in chapter 16 from believers in Rome.

(1) The book of Romans teaches that sin is a universal problem for the pagan and the religious person (Rom. 1:18; 3:8).

(2) Everyone in all areas of life has been influenced by sin (Rom. 3:9-20).

(3) A sinner is justified by faith by belief in Jesus Christ that gives the person a perfect standing before God (Rom. 3:21; 5:21).

(4) The believer will still struggle with a sin nature, but there is victory in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 6:1-8; 39).

(5) The problem of the nation of Israel (Rom. 9:1-11; 36).

(6) Practical applications of solutions (Rom. 12:1-15; 31).

3. Traveled through churches toward Jerusalem.

4. In Troas – Eutychus fell out of a three-story window.

B. PAUL’S ADDRESS TO EPHESIAN ELDERS – ACTS 20:17-38

1. Met the elders at Troas. “For he was hurrying to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the Day of Pentecost” (Acts 20:16).

2. Predicated his imprisonment. “The Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me” (Acts 20:23).

3. Threefold duty of an elder.

a. To lead. “Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock . . . overseers” (Acts 20:28).

b. To feed. “To feed the church of God” (Acts 20:28, KJV).

c. To protect and give pastoral care “watch” (Acts 20:31).

4. Tearful parting. “They all wept freely, and fell on Paul’s neck . . . that they would see his face no more” (Acts 20:37-38).

C. WARNING TO PAUL

1. At Tyre disciples said not to go. “Not to go up to Jerusalem” (Acts 21:4).

2. The prophet Agabus warned. “So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt” (Acts 21:11).

3. Paul’s response. “I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 21:13).

a. Did God sovereignly want Paul stopped?

b. Did God just warn Paul of dangers, but wanted him to go with full understanding?

D. TAKING A VOW IN THE TEMPLE

1. Paul’s financial gift to the church was so large it took a wagon to deliver it.

2. Elder’s counsel to Paul.

a. People think you teach new converts to forsake Moses.

b. Paid for the sacrifice of four young Christians to be purified in the Temple.

3. Paul committed himself to a blood sacrifice.

a. It meant nothing to Paul.

b. It meant respect the law of the Jews.

c. It means compromise by 20th century perspective.

4. A mob dragged Paul from Temple and beat him.

5. A Roman garrison arrested Paul and chained him.

6. Paul spoke to the Roman commander in Greek. Paul spoke to Jewish crowd in Hebrew. He shared his conversion testimony.

7. The Roman commander determined to question Paul with a beating. “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and uncondemned?” (Acts 22:25).

E. APPLICATION

1. The Decision-Destiny Principle. “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord direct his steps” (Prov. 16:9). We make decisions about our life’s directions, as did Paul; but God directs how it works out.

2. The Test-Resolve Principle. Sometimes we make a decision about our ministry, but before it comes to pass; God tests our determination to see the depth of our commitment.

If you have never really accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, would you do it right now? Do not delay or put it off. If you would like to receive Christ by faith, pray this simple prayer in your heart:

Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe Jesus died for my sins on the cross, and rose again the third day. I repent of my sins. By faith I receive the Lord Jesus as my Savior. You promised to save me, and I believe You, because You are God and cannot lie. I believe right now that the Lord Jesus is my personal Savior, and that all my sins are forgiven through His precious blood. I thank You, dear Lord, for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, God heard you and saved you. I personally want to welcome you to the family of God and rejoice with you.

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