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Acts and Mission 84

posted by Scot McKnight

Miletus.jpgPaul’s missional pastoral theology is on display in Acts 20, and we continue from yesterday in looking at this theology. What do you see?

20:25 ”And now I know that none of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom will see me again. 20:26 Therefore I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of you all. 20:27 For I did not hold back from announcing to you the whole purpose of God. 20:28 Watch out for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son. 20:29 I know that after I am gone fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 20:30 Even from among your own group men will arise, teaching perversions of the truth to draw the disciples away after them. 20:31 Therefore be alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears. 20:32 And now I entrust you to God and to the message of his grace. This message is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 20:33 I have desired no one’s silver or gold or clothing. 20:34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me. 20:35 By all these things, I have shown you that by working in this way we must help the weak, and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

20:36 When he had said these things, he knelt down with them all and prayed. 20:37 They all began to weep loudly, and hugged Paul and kissed him, 20:38 especially saddened by what he had said, that they were not going to see him again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.



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PJ Fusco

posted January 28, 2010 at 3:40 pm


Paul’s extraordinary conversion on the road to Damascus, and his subsequent tireless proselytizing under the most extreme, and often violent circumstances should serve as a model for us all. He feared his future, but his fear did not paralyze him, nor, from what we can understand, did it slow him down a bit. Paul saw his mission to the Gentiles as a race against time, and so he pushed ahead, sometimes with such fervor and carelessness for his own safety, even those closest to him thought it prudent to abandon the Apostle. Barnabas’ cousin, John Mark left in the midst of a missionary journey. Paul never forgot it. But, Paul’s greatest contribution is a simple explanation to the Jews regarding Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Please visit http://www.nygennews.com/?p=623 for an essay you will enjoy concerning this event.



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