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Read Acts 19:21-22.
What do verses 21 and 22 reveal about Paul’s underlying motives? Why did he want to visit the places mentioned?
What motivates you to make plans and go to the places that you do?
Read Acts 19:23-27.
Why did Demetrius seek to rile the tradesmen of Ephesus? What motives does he appeal to in verses 26 and 27?
Where do you see these motives present in your world? What about in your own heart? Is there anything right or wrong with them? Explain.
Read Acts 19:28-34.
How did the things that the people of Ephesus treasured lead them to see the ministry of the gospel? What did they lead them to do?
Are there things that you treasure that lead you to respond negatively to God’s word or his people? Explain.
Read Acts 19:35-41.
With what false reassurance did the town clerk calm the upset crowd (vv. 35-36)?
Though the dismissed assembly was no longer in danger of punishment from Rome, what greater threat did they remain unaware of?
Read Mark 8:36-37.
Why is it important to seek the right treasure?