Paul departed from Ephesus after three years due to the tensions that had developed in both the Jewish and Gentile segments of the city. He went to Macedonia and on to the cities in Greece where he had preached before. He then went to Troas, a city north of Ephesus, where a young man fell from a window and Paul raised him from the dead. From Troas, he went to Miletus and called for the elders of the church at Ephesus to meet with him there. His message to them recalls his time and labors with them and admonishes them to take care of both themselves and the church. He would not see them again.
- Elders of the Ephesian church
Preaching in Greece and back to Ephesus
Sopater of Berea; Aristarchus and Secundus of Thessalonica; Gaius of Derbe; Timothy, Tychicus, and Trophimus of Asia
Raised from dead at Troas
Met with and exhorted by Paul
- Macedonia and Achaia (Greece)
The disciples met for worship (specifically here the Lord’s Supper) on the first day of the week.
Paul’s preaching was exemplary. It provides an example of the spirit and actions of preachers today.
Elders have necessary responsibilities to guard their own lives and take heed to the church as well.