I would like to do a chapter study of Acts 20 today.
Read the chapter over a few times, possibly in different translations. Then go through it verse by verse to identify or establish the following: a chapter title, a key verse, significant truth, any cross references either you think of or are listed in your Bible’s margin or a concordance, any difficulties you will want to do further study on or that you think others might have, any obvious applications to be made, and finally, a brief summary statement or outline.
When I did this I came up with the following: The chapter title for Acts 20: A Faithful Ministry. Key verse: verse 20. Significant truth: when we have done all we can do there is always more work still to be done. We must learn to delegate to others, and depend upon God and His Word to finish the task. Cross references: Ezekiel 3:18-21, I Thessalonians 2:7-12. List any difficulties: eg. should Paul have gone on to Jerusalem when the Spirit had been warning him of the difficulties he would encounter.
Once you have done this research try to develop some applications. When I did this I came up with the following: There are two factors related to finishing the task—we must reach as many as possible with the good news of salvation and then we must teach as much truth as would be helpful to mature those who respond. Until we have done both, our task isn’t finished in a given area.
If God calls us out of that situation to go elsewhere we must delegate the rest of the task to others and depend upon God to use them and His Word to finish the task.
Another application would be the words of Jesus, quoted in verse 35: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”