About Youth Quizzing
The Bible quizzing program launched as a ministry of the Church of the Nazarene during the 1964 General Nazarene Youth People’s Convention. Immediately well-received, the quizzing ministry is a unique and exciting ministry for youth that combines Bible study, mentoring, competition, fellowship, discipleship, and mission. Merging all of these elements into a program attractive to teenagers, quizzing has become a successful, worthwhile, and worldwide ministry. In addition to developing a devotion to God’s Word and lifelong habits of Bible study in youth, quizzing creates and builds up a community of young disciples and servants, steadily adding to a vast pool of leadership and continually strengthening the church and its ministries. More and more teenagers and youth leaders are realizing just what an impact quizzing can have in their lives and in the lives of people around the world!
Week 20: Acts 20:1-6
Scripture references: 1 Corinthians 15:5; 2 Corinthians 7:5; Ephesians 6:21; Colossians 4:10; 2 Timothy 4:13
Take A Closer Look
Wow! The mob described at the end of Acts 19 finally dispersed and Paul was briefly able to show his face safely. He “sent for the disciples,” indicating that he had to be cautious about being seen, but he would not leave Ephesus without saying goodbye to these dear new friends. Paul clearly felt a special responsibility and love for each of the churches that he discipled.
As Paul set out from Ephesus, he traveled through Macedonia, supporting and encouraging the new churches there. He stopped in Greece for three months (and wrote the epistle to the Romans), but an assassination plot by the Jews stopped him from going on to Syria as planned. Instead, he returned to Macedonia.
Look at the list of names and places in verse four. Why do we need to know about these? Consider the places: Berea, Thessalonica, Derbe, and Asia. These are all churches that Paul started. And you should recognize the names of the people from each church, for these are all people traveling with Paul. Paul had nurtured strong leaders in each church, and these leaders cared about each other and they cared about Paul. Some scholars think that each man listed here was a chosen representative from their respective church, sent with Paul to carry a financial offering to the church in Jerusalem and to offer spiritual encouragement.
What Does This Mean to Me? Is It Worth a Tweet?
We are not “Lone Ranger” churches. We are part of a body, the Body of Christ. We need to be concerned about each other, not competing to be “number one” or rejoicing when catastrophe befalls another church (or another quizzer!). When we hear of problems, we should be sending help and praying for our fellow believers. What a pleasure it is to worship together and to have the privilege of encouraging each other.