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  • The Measure Of A Ministry

    Contributed by Stephen E. Trail on Dec 23, 2017
     | 2,602 views

    I used this as farewell sermon upon leaving a pastorate.

    "The Measure of a Ministry" Acts 20:17-38 Introduction: Let's see what is revealed in the text: I. Paul's Tenure Two things standout; First, is his longevity and second is his labor. Paul spent more time in Asia Minor and Ephesus in particular than any other place of ministry. Verse 31 tells ...read more

  • The Confident Servant

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Mar 6, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,707 views

    Paul is addressing the elders at Ephesus as he heads for Jerusalem, and in doing so he gives us a great picture of what makes a servant of God confident in what he is doing.

    Passage: Acts 20:13-28 Intro: Once in a while, when things are a little overwhelming in my life, I have what Jan and I call “the church dream.” 1. I’m here, though the room is usually a little larger, with a lot more people. 2. the service is underway as I walk in, but I don’t recognize the ...read more

  • Paul's Words To Every Church

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Mar 6, 2007
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,722 views

    Paul ended his statement to the Ephesian elders with some intensely personal remarks. They are applicable to every church and every believer down through the centuries.

    Passage: Acts 20:28-38 Intro: There are statements people make that are listened to very carefully. 1. some of the most powerful are departing statements. Il) “dying declaration” definition. 2. now Paul is not dying here, but he will never see these men again on earth. 3. and so he is ...read more

  • Characteristics Of The Consummate Christian! Series

    Contributed by Thomas Fortini on Feb 27, 2019
     | 3,922 views

    We need examples of what a real Christian looks like. The Apostle Paul's life provides that for us!

    We are continuing our journey through the book of acts, and we are going to journey through the entire 20th chapter. And we are going to do that shortly, but the way that I wish to approach it is by the way of this introduction. I read an article about HEROS AND people’s nee for ...read more

  • Loving Your Neighborhood Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Apr 1, 2016
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,960 views

    In order to follow Christ requires serving others.

    Loving Your Neighborhood Text: Acts 19:13-38 Introduction 1. Illustration: In the book, The Externally Focused Church, it says, "People need exercise for physical health and service for spiritual health. We learn from the Scriptures, but we grow by serving others" (Chp. 4). 2. It's ...read more

  • Getting Ready For Our Final Goodbye (Part 2)

    Contributed by Rick Crandall on Dec 27, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,978 views

    Paul was ready for his final goodbye, and in these verses he shows us how to get ready.

    Getting Ready for Our Final Goodbye (Part 2) Acts 20:17-38 Sermon by Rick Crandall McClendon Baptist Church - Dec. 12, 2007 *Eugene J. Toni is a Vietnam veteran. In 1991, Eugene made a visit to the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Standing under a full moon, he flipped ...read more

  • Prepare Your Flock

    Contributed by Jeff Pearce on Sep 9, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,278 views

    paul’s final farewell

    PREPARE YOUR FLOCK INTRO: PAUL DEPARTING TO GO TO JERUSALEM 1: HE GIVES HIS FINAL INSTRUCTIONS A) YOU ARE OVERSEERS OF THE FLOCK B) THE CHURCH CANNOT BE DEPENDENT UPON ONE PERSON C) CHRIST PURCHASED THE CHURCH WITH HIS OWN BLOOD POINT: PAUL IS TRYING TO INSTRUCT THEM IN HIS FINAL WORDS TO ...read more

  • How To Keep From Falling

    Contributed by Patrick O'loughlin on Jan 22, 2008
    based on 9 ratings
     | 1,578 views

    How to keep from falling away from the faith

    Text: Acts 20:25-38 Title; How to keep from falling Introduction 1.The Elders grief was not seeing the face of Paul again(v38) 2.The Apostle Paul’s grief was that some in the church would fall away (v29-31) Why do some in the church fall away? 1.An attack from outside the church ...read more

  • The Truth And The Whole Truth

    Contributed by Jeff Hughes on Feb 2, 2008
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,336 views

    Paul talks about the ministry.

    I. PRAYER II. Introduction a. What makes Christianity different from all the other religions of the world? Years ago that very question was discussed at a Christian leadership conference. Some of the participants argued that Christianity is unique in teaching that God became man. But someone ...read more

  • Visible Servanthood Series

    Contributed by Guy Glass on Apr 21, 2014
     | 3,032 views

    HERE AS PAUL PREPARES TO RETURN TO JERUSALEM, UNSURE OF HIS FUTURE, HE SPEAKS VERY CANDIDLY OF HIS LIFE OF MINISTRY, AND IN THE PROCESS OUTLINES FOR US THE ACTIVITIES THAT MADE HIM SUCH AN EFFECTIVE SERVANT FOR CHRIST.

    VISIBLE SERVANTHOOD ACTS 20:13-38 Acts 20:36-37 When he had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. 37 They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. INTRODUCTION: JAMES BOICE WRITES, “It is helpful too because we see Paul toward the end of his ministry among these ...read more

  • Paul's Words At Miletus With The Ephesian Elders Series

    Contributed by John Lowe on May 18, 2017
     | 11,982 views

    The journey from Troas to “Mitylene” is described with exceptional detail. It seems to have taken about five days’ sailing time, with each port mentioned representing a day’s journey. They evidently put into port each night. The winds usually died....

    November 28, 2015 Acts of the Apostles By: Tom Lowe Lesson: IV.D.6: Paul's Words at Miletus with the Ephesian Elders (20:13-38) Acts 20:13-38 (KJV) 13 And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: ...read more

  • Leading Like Paul Led Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Jul 25, 2016
    based on 1 rating
     | 9,201 views

    In this sermon, we look at two passages that describe Paul's leadership, and then we glean leadership principles from them.

    Introduction: A. The story is told of a tribe of Native Americans who came to their Chief one autumn and asked him if the winter was going to be cold or not. 1. Not really knowing for sure how cold the winter would be, the chief replied that the winter was going to be cold and that the members ...read more

  • Renewing Your Mind About Leadership

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 24, 2018
     | 3,874 views

    Leaders must: 1) Be Right with God (Acts 20:28a), 2) Shepherd the flock (Acts 20:28b), 3) Guard the flock (Acts 20:29–31), 4) Study and pray (Acts 20:32), and 5) Be free from self-interest.

    The crucial component in any organization, institution, or business is its leadership. Good leadership can lift an organization to the heights of success, whereas poor leadership can plunge it into the depths of ruin. Not surprisingly, a vast amount of material is available for those wishing to ...read more

  • It Is More Blessed To Give Than To Receive Series

    Contributed by Patrick O'loughlin on Apr 29, 2017
    based on 1 rating
     | 15,801 views

    This sermon challenges us to determine what we are living by and how to put our giving into practice

    Acts 20:17-38 It is more blessed to give than to receive Introduction This portion of scripture is part of the Apostle Paul’s farewell tour. He is on his way to Jerusalem and foresees that he will never see the elders in the church of Ephesus again. As Paul speaks his farewell message he ...read more

  • Characteristics Of A Good Leader

    Contributed by Derek Geldart on Dec 31, 2015
     | 4,993 views

    In his farewell speech Paul advises the leaders at Ephesus how to become good leaders of the flock.

    Imagine after spending nine years in missionary work being asked by God to leave your ministry area to go to a place where persecution and then prison are guaranteed! Instead of being concerned of his own welfare Paul was genuinely concerned for the leaders of the church at Ephesus. He spent ...read more