Tasks for this week:

  1. Watch all three parts of  An Outline for Effective Evangelism
  2. Complete daily Bible reading
  3. Memorize Acts 20:24 and 2 Corinthians 4:7-10

Week 46: Day 1

This week’s sermon, An Outline for Effective Evangelism, with Robby Gallaty focuses on Romans 10:14-17. (Click HERE to download study notes for this week.)  We have divided this sermon into three parts for you to watch throughout this week (Days 1, 3, and 5). Please watch the first part today.

Today’s F260 Bible reading: Acts 20-21

20:1 After the disturbance had ended, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them and saying farewell, he left to go to Macedonia. 2After he had gone through those regions and spoken many words of encouragement to the believers there, he came to Greece, 3where he stayed for three months. Because the Jews had made a plot against him as he was intending to sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia. 4Paul was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, and Timothy, as well as Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. 5These had gone on ahead and were waiting for us in Troas. 6We sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and within five days we came to the others in Troas, where we stayed for seven days. 7On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul began to speak to the people, and because he intended to leave the next day, he extended his message until midnight. 8(Now there were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting.) 9A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, was sinking into a deep sleep while Paul continued to speak for a long time. Fast asleep, he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. 10But Paul went down, threw himself on the young man, put his arms around him, and said, “Do not be distressed, for he is still alive!” 11Then Paul went back upstairs, and after he had broken bread and eaten, he talked with them a long time, until dawn. Then he left. 12They took the boy home alive and were greatly comforted. 13We went on ahead to the ship and put out to sea for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there, for he had arranged it this way. He himself was intending to go there by land. 14When he met us in Assos, we took him aboard and went to Mitylene. 15We set sail from there, and on the following day we arrived off Chios. The next day we approached Samos, and the day after that we arrived at Miletus. 16For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so as not to spend time in the province of Asia, for he was hurrying to arrive in Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost. 17From Miletus he sent a message to Ephesus, telling the elders of the church to come to him. 18When they arrived, he said to them, “You yourselves know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I set foot in the province of Asia, 19serving the Lord with all humility and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me because of the plots of the Jews. 20You know that I did not hold back from proclaiming to you anything that would be helpful, and from teaching you publicly and from house to house, 21testifying to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 22And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem without knowing what will happen to me there, 23except that the Holy Spirit warns me in town after town that imprisonment and persecutions are waiting for me. 24But I do not consider my life worth anything to myself, so that I may finish my task and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace. 25“And now I know that none of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom will see me again. 26Therefore I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of you all. 27For I did not hold back from announcing to you the whole purpose of God. 28Watch 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. 29I know that after I am gone fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30Even from among your own group men will arise, teaching perversions of the truth to draw the disciples away after them. 31Therefore be alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears. 32And 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. 33I have desired no one’s silver or gold or clothing. 34You yourselves know that these hands of mine provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me. 35By 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.’” 36When he had said these things, he knelt down with them all and prayed. 37They all began to weep loudly, and hugged Paul and kissed him, 38especially saddened by what he had said, that they were not going to see him again. Then they accompanied him to the ship. 21:1 After we tore ourselves away from them, we put out to sea, and sailing a straight course, we came to Cos, on the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. 2We found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, went aboard, and put out to sea. 3After we sighted Cyprus and left it behind on our port side, we sailed on to Syria and put in at Tyre because the ship was to unload its cargo there. 4After we located the disciples, we stayed there seven days. They repeatedly told Paul through the Spirit not to set foot in Jerusalem. 5When our time was over, we left and went on our way. All of them, with their wives and children, accompanied us outside of the city. After kneeling down on the beach and praying, 6we said farewell to one another. Then we went aboard the ship, and they returned to their own homes. 7We continued the voyage from Tyre and arrived at Ptolemais, and when we had greeted the brothers, we stayed with them for one day. 8On the next day we left and came to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. 9(He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.) 10While we remained there for a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11He came to us, took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it, and said, “The Holy Spirit says this: ‘This is the way the Jews in Jerusalem will tie up the man whose belt this is and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’” 12When we heard this, both we and the local people begged him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13Then Paul replied, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be tied up, but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14Because he could not be persuaded, we said no more except, “The Lord’s will be done.” 15After these days we got ready and started up to Jerusalem. 16Some of the disciples from Caesarea came along with us too, and brought us to the house of Mnason of Cyprus, a disciple from the earliest times, with whom we were to stay. 17When we arrived in Jerusalem, the brothers welcomed us gladly. 18The next day Paul went in with us to see James, and all the elders were there. 19When Paul had greeted them, he began to explain in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 20When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all ardent observers of the law. 21They have been informed about you—that you teach all the Jews now living among the Gentiles to abandon Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs. 22What then should we do? They will no doubt hear that you have come. 23So do what we tell you: We have four men who have taken a vow; 24take them and purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses, so that they may have their heads shaved. Then everyone will know there is nothing in what they have been told about you, but that you yourself live in conformity with the law. 25But regarding the Gentiles who have believed, we have written a letter, having decided that they should avoid meat that has been sacrificed to idols and blood and what has been strangled and sexual immorality.” 26Then Paul took the men the next day, and after he had purified himself along with them, he went to the temple and gave notice of the completion of the days of purification, when the sacrifice would be offered for each of them. 27When the seven days were almost over, the Jews from the province of Asia who had seen him in the temple area stirred up the whole crowd and seized him, 28shouting, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people, our law, and this sanctuary! Furthermore he has brought Greeks into the inner courts of the temple and made this holy place ritually unclean!” 29(For they had seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him previously, and they assumed Paul had brought him into the inner temple courts.) 30The whole city was stirred up, and the people rushed together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple courts, and immediately the doors were shut. 31While they were trying to kill him, a report was sent up to the commanding officer of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 32He immediately took soldiers and centurions and ran down to the crowd. When they saw the commanding officer and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33Then the commanding officer came up and arrested him and ordered him to be tied up with two chains; he then asked who he was and what he had done. 34But some in the crowd shouted one thing, and others something else, and when the commanding officer was unable to find out the truth because of the disturbance, he ordered Paul to be brought into the barracks. 35When he came to the steps, Paul had to be carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the mob, 36for a crowd of people followed them, screaming, “Away with him!” 37As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the commanding officer, “May I say something to you?” The officer replied, “Do you know Greek? 38Then you’re not that Egyptian who started a rebellion and led the 4,000 men of the ‘Assassins’ into the wilderness sometime ago?” 39Paul answered, “I am a Jew from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of an important city. Please allow me to speak to the people.” 40When the commanding officer had given him permission, Paul stood on the steps and gestured to the people with his hand. When they had become silent, he addressed them in Aramaic, (NET Bible)

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