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The Book of Acts takes us through Paul’s ministry bearing the Gospel to the Gentiles then ends abruptly with Paul imprisoned in Rome.  What happened next and why does Luke end the Book of Acts without finishing the story?  Listen to this final episode of the Journey Podcast to find out.

Reflection questions

  • How did Paul’s missionary agenda change at Ephesus?
  • Who are you mentoring?  Do you have a disciple(s)?  Who might you mentor and help grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ?
  • If Jesus, God incarnate, had 12 disciples and Paul, one of the best preachers and teachers who ever lived, had 12 disciples, should we lay the responsibility for discipling an entire church congregation on the shoulders of a pastor?  Remember Jesus’ Great Commission to all of us in Matthew 28.  The job of making disciples isn’t only for pastors.  Jesus calls every Christian to make disciples.

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 

(Photo: The Great Theater of Ephesus, By Austrian Archaeological Institute. <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/">CC-BY-SA-3.0</a>, via Wikimedia Commons.)

(Photo: The Great Theater of Ephesus, By Austrian Archaeological Institute.
CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.)

  • Why does Paul pose a threat to the silversmiths of Ephesus?  Does the Gospel pose a threat still today?  If so, how?
  • What happens to Paul when he returns to Jerusalem?  In 23:11, what happens that is a key turning point in the Book of Acts?  Notice that Paul is not promised a comfortable remainder to his life.  But he is told that his goal of reaching and bearing witness to Jesus Christ in Rome will be achieved.
(Photo: Caesarea Maritima National Park, By DerHexer.<br /> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/">CC-BY-SA-3.0</a>, via Wikimedia Commons.)

(Photo: Caesarea Maritima National Park, By DerHexer.
CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.)

  • Why did Paul appeal to his Roman citizenship?  If he had not, he probably would have been set free.
  • The Book of Acts has one of the strangest endings of any book in the Bible.  Why might Luke end the story this way?
(Photo: The Mamertine Prison in Rome, with an altar commemorating the tradition that both Peter and Paul were imprisoned there, By Chris 73. CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.)

(Photo: The Mamertine Prison in Rome, with an altar commemorating the tradition that both Peter and Paul were imprisoned there, By Chris 73.
CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.)

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