Few of us are good at good-byes.
You have to be suspicious of people who say ‘Good-bye’ easily, without snot or tears. God made us for Himself but He also made us for each other. We are supposed to be with each other, so significant separation usually means tearing apart a good thing. There is a way to say ‘Good-bye’ so that it breathes life and hope. In this story, Paul calls for the elders of a church and says his good-bye.
Break out the Kleenex but also bring your hope!
Acts 20 Study Questions
1. Describe a time when you had to say good-bye. Tell the story and describe how you felt.
2. What impresses you the most about Paul’s leadership as described in this passage?
3. What does it mean for you to ‘watch over yourselves’? How is that playing out in your life right now?
4. Why would Paul go to Jerusalem if he knew he was going to face hardship and prison there?
5. Can you articulate the hope that you have, even when you have to say a difficult good bye?