Audience: Elders from the church of Ephesus
Preceding Events: Paul, compelled by the Holy Spirit, is steadfastly traveling to Jerusalem.
Overall Theme: Paul gives his personal testimony (he has worked hard for God, has no regrets, and is obeying the Holy Spirit) and offers encouragement to the elders.
Scripture Quoted: Paul quotes Jesus, but those words are not directly found in the gospel accounts of Jesus.
Central Teaching: Paul will do what God tells him, even though it will result in hardships.
Subsequent Events: Paul leaves and once in Jerusalem is thrown in prison.
Key Lesson: Doing what God tells us to do is more important than our own safety and comfort.