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Acts 20:17-21

Acts 20:17-21…”From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church. When 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. I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents. You 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. I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.”

Paul was a faithful preacher. He did not keep back reproofs when necessary, or refrain from controversial doctrines. He was a truly Christian, evangelical preacher. He did not preach a watered down version of the gospel to keep attendance numbers up. He didn’t focus on the affairs of state or the civil government, but he preached faith and repentance. A basic blueprint for how to preach and disciple is outlined in these verses. Repentance towards God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, with their fruits and effects. Without these no sinner can escape, and with these none will come short of eternal life.


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