Saturday, November 20th, 2010
"I did not hold back from telling you any of the things that were profitable nor from teaching you publicly and from house to house" (Acts 20:20)
In our time, some people have claimed that Paul was here refering merely to making shepherding calls on believers. But, no. The description 'teaching publicly and from house to house' mainly applied to evangelizing among unbelievers. That is plain from his next words. Paul said that he had been witnessing "both to Jews and to Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus." Clearly, Paul had been bearing witness to unbelievers, who needed to repent and put faith in Jesus. (Acts 20:21) Paul did not want the Ephesian elders to forget how he had borne witness and with what result. Luke reported: "All those inhabiting the district of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks."—Acts 19:10.
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/08, 4:5, 6)