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    Lesson 20

    Reading: The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 389-418; Acts 20:4-23:35

    1. List the reasons why Paul wanted to return to Jerusalem for the Passover (389:1).
    AA-SG 42.1

    2. How did the Jews regard Paul’s teaching, and what were they determined to do about it (389:2-390:1)?
    AA-SG 42.2

    3. Which day was Paul’s final day in Troas, and why did the believers gather together (391:2; Acts 20:7-12)?
    AA-SG 42.3

    4. If the believers gathered on the first day of the week and Paul preached until midnight, according to Western calculations when was the meeting held?

    AA-SG 42.4

    5. What had the Holy Spirit revealed about Paul’s stay in Jerusalem, and how was this message later confirmed (396:2; Acts 20:22, 23; 21:10-12)?
    AA-SG 42.5

    6. What dangers were to come to the church at Ephesus after Paul’s death (395:1)?
    AA-SG 42.6

    7. Why had the wrath of the whole Jewish nation turned upon Paul (390:1; 397:5-398:2).
    AA-SG 42.7

    8. Explain the attitude of some in Jerusalem toward Paul when he finally presented the contributions of their Gentile brethren (399:1-400:1).
    AA-SG 43.1

    9. What was the underlying cause behind the opposition that Paul met in Jerusalem (401:1, 2)?
    AA-SG 43.2

    10. What golden opportunity was missed by the leaders of the church in Jerusalem (402:3-403:1)?
    AA-SG 43.3

    11. Why did the leaders in Jerusalem suggest a compromise to Paul (404:1-405:0)?
    AA-SG 43.4

    12. Why did Paul agree to the compromise, and what was the result (405:1-406:0)?
    AA-SG 43.5

    13. Who “blew the whistle” on Paul (406:2)?
    AA-SG 43.6

    14. In the wild excitement that followed, what charges were hurled against him (406:3-407:0)?
    AA-SG 43.7

    15. List three things Paul anguished over when he was alone again in his cell (412:2-413:0)?
    AA-SG 43.8

    16. How did comfort come to Paul in his lonely cell, and, in the meantime, what were his enemies doing (413:1, 3-414:1)?
    AA-SG 44.1

    17. How did God look upon the leaders of the church in Jerusalem who opposed the work of Paul (416:2-417:2)?
    AA-SG 44.2

    18. What similarity exists between Paul’s experience and the experience of some in the church today (417:3-418:1)?
    AA-SG 44.3

    Thought Question: How can Christians today prevent a repetition of Paul’s experience with those who opposed him in Jerusalem?

    AA-SG 44.4

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