Acts 20:17-21 (821)


         A.  The apostle Paul met with the elders of the church in Ephesus and shared his concern
               for lost people.

         B.  People who haven’t obey the gospel of Christ are lost.  2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 (875)

         C.  Let’s look at five characteristics of Paul’s service and ascertain if we have the proper
               attitude toward lost people.

     I.  Humble service toward teaching the lost.  V19

         A.  An arrogant person doesn’t have what it takes.  Luke 18:9-14 (770); James 4:10 (893)

   II.  Tearful service. Vv19,31

         A.  How do we feel when we know people who are lost because they haven’t obeyed the
               gospel?  2 Corinthians 5:10-11 (854); Luke 19:41 (772)

  III.  Trying service.  V19

         A.  To teach and reach the lost isn’t easy.  2 Timothy 4:1-5 (880)

  IV.  Beneficial service.  V20

         A.  Paul taught lost people what they needed.  Romans 1:16-17 (830); Taught Timothy in
               2 Timothy 4:2,5 (880)

   V.  Rewarding service.

         A.  Resulted in strong church in Ephesus.  Ephesians 1:  15-18 (863)

         B.  Paul looked forward to an eternal reward. 2 Timothy 4:6-8 (880)


         A.  Many good people will not inherit eternal life because they haven’t obeyed the gospel
               of Christ.

         B.  How do we compare with the apostle Paul in concern for lost people?