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Acts 20:17-35

Acts 20:17-35, especially verse 28 Our Life Together as the Blood-bought Church of God


Introduction: What is the historical occasion for Paul’s teaching here? 

  1. The Church is the Blood-bought Flock that God Purchased out of the World to Belong to Him 


A. What does ek-klasia mean?   Who does this refer to? Ephesians 1:1; 6:1-3; Deuteronomy 29:10-13


B. To whom does the church belong?  Verse 28 

  1. How can it be that God, who is a Spirit, purchases His church with blood? 

  1. Why is it important for you that it was the God-man who gave His blood? 

  1. The Church is Made of Members who are Connected to Elders God Provides for Your Care

  1. Who does the Lord raise up to provide for your care? Verse 28 

  1. How are these men described in verse 17? Numbers 11:16-17, 24-25; I Timothy 3:1-7; 5:17

  1. What does the name for elders, “overseers” (episkopos) mean? Verse 28 

  1. How are they to manage the flock?  I Timothy 3:4-5; I Peter 5:2-3; Ephesians 4:11-12

  1. Why do they need to guard the flock?  Verses 29-30 

  1. What happens if our elders warn a person going astray, and they don’t listen? Verse 26 with Ezekiel 33:3-6

  1. How are elders to do for church members what shepherds do for sheep?  Verse 28 

  1. How does Jesus Guard and Shepherd His people from Heaven? I Peter 2:25; 5:1-4

  1. What is the gospel of Grace that elder-shepherds are to feed God’s people? 

See verses 21,27, 28 with Ephesians 1:4-5; 5:13-14; John 10:14-15; 26-30

  1. What Difference Does this Make for Your Life? 

  1. How do verses 17 and 28 guide how God’s Church is to be organized? (How is this different from other ways of organizing church leadership?) 

  1. How should you pray for our elders?  Verse 28 with Ephesians 6:19

  1. How can you love the church the way God loves her? verse 35 

  1. How and when will you benefit from the shepherd-care of your elders?  

  1. Hebrews 13:17 

  1. Verse 32