Chapter 59: Back to Jerusalem & On to Rome
Paul established multi-cultural missionary teams with which he traveled. His example to them was: preaching the Word and performing miracles. He was an example in attitude, ministry, suffering and compassion. He preferred suffering over safety, because suffering guarantees fruit. Even an imprisoned Paul was able to minister freely and effectively. He remained untouched by the corruption of those in authority.
He [Paul] was accompanied by Sopater … from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. These men … waited for us at Troas (Acts 20:4,5)
After sending his letter to Rome, Paul and his team left for Troas on their way to Jerusalem. For Paul that would be his last visit to the city. He had started his life’s missionary journey on leaving the city for Damascus, to persecute Christians – but never did so because the Lord ‘arrested him’ for His own cause. Now Paul returned to Jerusalem, after taking the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth that were reachable for him. In Jerusalem a new, different era would start for him. Most of his remaining years there would no longer be freedom to travel, evangelize, plant churches, and train new workers. Now came the time for prisons, waiting, praying and writing more letters. Let’s follow Paul on the remainder of his trip.