Gone But Not Forgotten

Acts 20:1-36

Introduction: How do you want to be remembered? When your time comes, will you be GONE and FORGOTTEN? How can we leave a lasting legacy? God gives us (5) ways to be “GONE but not FORGOTTEN” through Paul’s life and influence:

1. By INFLUENCING others to follow the WILL of God! (Acts 20:1-4)
“Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them…and had given them much exhortation.”
• Paul’s circle of influence
• Your circle of influence

2. By BELIEVING the WORD of God! (Acts 20:7-12)
“And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them.”
• Your mission field
• Blossom where you are planted

3. By being LEAD by the SPIRIT of God! (Acts 20:17-22)
“Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations…I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there…save the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city.”
• Red lights of the Holy Spirit – WHOA 
• Green lights from the Holy Spirit – GO

4. By FINISHING faithful with the PLAN of God! (Acts 20:24)
“Neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
• It’s not how you start
• It’s how you finish

Conclusion: God’s prescription to MAXIMIZE your influence is by following the Will of God, believing the Word of God, being lead by the Spirit of God, and finishing faithful with the Plan of God…..that will assure you and me of LEAVING a LASTING LEGACY!
Thanks for being faithful!
Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese