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Let Our Eyes be on the Gospel Finish Line

Ted VinatieriTed Vinatieri, November 27, 2016
Part of the Acts: You are My Witnesses series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

New Life Community Church, Stafford VA

Acts 20:17-38

17And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called to him the elders of the church. 18And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, after what manner I was with you all the time, 19serving the Lord with all lowliness of mind, and with tears, and with trials which befell me by the plots of the Jews; 20how I shrank not from declaring unto you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly, and from house to house, 21testifying both to Jews and to Greeks repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. 22And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: 23save that the Holy Spirit testifieth unto me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. 24But I hold not my life of any account as dear unto myself, so that I may accomplish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. 25And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, shall see my face no more. 26Wherefore I testify unto you this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. 27For I shrank not from declaring unto you the whole counsel of God. 28Take heed unto yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit hath made you bishops, to feed the church of the Lord which he purchased with his own blood. 29I know that after my departing grievous wolves shall enter in among you, not sparing the flock; 30and from among your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31Wherefore watch ye, remembering that by the space of three years I ceased not to admonish every one night and day with tears. 32And now I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build [you] up, and to give [you] the inheritance among all them that are sanctified. 33I coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. 34Ye yourselves know that these hands ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. 35In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring ye ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. 36And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down and prayed with them all. 37And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck and kissed him, 38sorrowing most of all for the word which he had spoken, that they should behold his face no more. And they brought him on his way unto the ship. (ASV)

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