The great speech recorded by Paul, an apostle; to the elders at Ephesus is truly classic gospel. But of great interest to me was the naming of the power group of traveling companions with Paul:
(Acts of the Apostles 20)
“When he had gone through those districts and had given them much exhortation, he came to Greece. And there he spent three months, and when a plot was formed against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia. And he was accompanied by Sopater of Berea, the son of Pyrrhus, and by Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia.”
Sopater of Berea
Aristarchus of Thessalonica
Secundus of Thessalonica
Gaius of Derbe (Galatia)
Timothy of Lystra (Lycaonia)
Tychicus of Phrygia
Trophimus the Ephesian
These people are listed as Paul’s traveling companions on his Third Missionary Journey. They are apostles, prophets, shepherds, teachers, evangelists, and ministers. They are planting churches, encouraging new believers, establishing doctrine, making corrections and teaching others to hear the voice of God and obey the Holy Spirit.
They are a Power Group. They are all heavy hitters. Dear Lord, send these Power Groups to us today.
“Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city.” Jesus