“Paul Before Agrippa”—Paul testifies before Agrippa, recounting his own personal history and conversion to Christ. He emphasizes the continuity between the Gospel and the Old Testament. While unwilling to become a Christian, Agrippa is convinced Paul is innocent of any … Continued
As Festus assumes office, he holds a second trial. When it becomes apparent that Festus will not render justice, Paul appeals directly to Caesar. The chapter ends with Herod Agrippa II visiting Caesarea and expressing interest in Paul’s case.
“Paul Before Felix”—Paul’s accusers come to Caesarea, arguing before Felix that he ought to be imprisoned/killed. After Paul’s defense, Felix is unsure what to do with him. Paul remains in a limbo state for the remaining two years of Felix’s … Continued
“Plots Against Paul”—Paul is brought before the council in hopes that they can articulate charges against him, but they are thrown into uproar. The following day, 40 Jews hatch a conspiracy to assassinate Paul. When the Romans find out, they … Continued
“Paul’s Jerusalem Trials”—Paul speaks before an angry Jewish mob that wants him dead, recounting the story of his conversion and subtly preaching the Gospel. But at his mention of the Gentiles, they are thrown into uproar again.
A trend begins developing in the first missionary journey (Acts 13-14): Paul & Barnabas begin preaching somewhere, experiencing good success; some Jews get mad at them for preaching and incite opposition; the threats of persecution become imminent and sometimes realized; … Continued
“Third Missionary Journey, part 3”—Paul travels to Jerusalem despite warnings from his brethren that it will be dangerous. He meets with James and the Jerusalem elders, recounting his travels and taking a vow in order to build a bridge to … Continued
In Romans 12:14-21, Paul tells Christians that vengeance is never theirs to take, but is solely God’s domain. “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘vengeance is Mine, I will repay … Continued
“Third Missionary Journey, part 2”—Paul leaves Ephesus and travels west to Macedonia & Achaia. He then does a U-turn and heads east again. After an eventful Lord’s Day at Troas, Paul delivers a farewell address to the Ephesian elders at … Continued
An angel came to Zechariah with an incredible promise. He and his elderly wife would be given a son who “will be great before the Lord…he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and … Continued