“Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, ‘Your blood be on your own heads! I am … Continued
We draw our class on Acts to a close by looking at the book with a bird’s eye view after trekking through it on ground level.
“Paul in Rome”—After a miracle-filled stay on Malta, Paul finally heads for Rome. He arrives and calls for the leading Jews, whom he preaches the Gospel to. When they reject it, Paul excoriates them with a passage from Isaiah 6. … Continued
“Shipwrecked”—As a prisoner, Paul finally sets sail for Rome. Trying to reach a safe winter harbor on Crete, a storm blows them southwest. For two weeks, they are adrift, unable to control where they go. While most think all is … Continued
“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