9. Finish the Race! Acts 20:17-24
1 Cor. 9:24-25; 24Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
What was Paul’s secret? Can we grow in that same passion as he had?
17From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church. 18When they arrived, he said to them: "You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. 19I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews. 20You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. 21I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. 22"And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace...’ 36When he had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. 37They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. 38What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again.
20:24 ‘if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace’
Phil. 1:21 ‘For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.’
2 Cor. 11:23-26 ‘I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26I have been constantly on the move.
What about your passion?
"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,”... 6"Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.
Acts 1:8 ‘8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses…’
Acts 20:22 ‘compelled by the Spirit’
Can we grow in that same Passion as Paul had?
Yes we can! >> Surrender!!
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