Acts 24 – 26

Acts 24:1-21

  1. The Jewish prosecution employed on this occasion a trained advocate, Tertullus. What four charges are brought against Paul? What evidence is produced in support?
  2. How did Paul answer these charges? See verses 11-13; 14-16; 17, 18. Note especially: (a) That Paul had to contend with unsupported and false accusations (verses 19-21). He was firm but calm in refuting them. Are you, when you are in the same situation? (b) Paul was able to give a reason for the hope that he had (verses 14-16). Can you? (c) Paul was really on trial because he believed in the resurrection of the dead (verse 21). Does this truth make a practical difference to your life?

 

Acts 24:22 -25:12

  1. 24:22-27. Paul before Felix. What four motives controlled Felix’s treatment of Paul? Do self-interest and fear ever stop you from doing what is right?
  2. 25:1-12. Paul before Festus. Why did Paul refuse Festus’ offer for a trial in Jerusalem, and instead, as a Roman citizen, claim his right to appeal to Caesar? Do you think Paul was taking the right course of action regardless of the consequences?

 

Acts 25:13-27

  1. What evidence is there that Festus can be commended for his fair dealings with Paul? Nevertheless, what major fault did he reveal (cf. Mark 15:15; Acts 24:27; 25:9)? Do you believe that God sometimes uses non-Christians, with their faults, for his own purposes? Cf. Is 45:1. Should this our attitude towards people in authority?
  2. What promises of God are now being fulfilled in Paul’s experience? Cf. Acts 9:15, 16; 22:15. What condition did Paul have to satisfy? How would God’s word prevent him from feeling that the last two years awaiting trial had been a waste of time?

Acts 26:1-18

  1. Paul makes his defence before King Agrippa. He deals with three themes: (a) his life before he was converted (verses 4-11), (b) hi conversion (verses 12-15), and (c) his commission to serve Jesus (verses 16-18). Sum up in a few words each of these three periods in Paul’s life. What made this change and what was the real question at issue in this trial? See verses 6-8; 13-15.
  2. How does the Lord Jesus, in the commission which he gave to Paul (verses 16-18), describe (a) the lost condition of mankind, (b) the content of salvation, and (c) the method of salvation?

 

Acts 26:19-32

  1. What do you learn about obedience from Paul’s example (verses 19-23)? Note especially (a) the place where he witnessed, (b) the message he gave, (c) the cost involved, and (d) the help God gave. Does your obedience cost you anything?
  2. What was the motive that enabled Paul to speak so boldly and yet politely before such men as Festus and Agrippa? Cf. verse 29 with I Cor. 9:16-22 and 2Cor. 5:14. Is this true in your life?
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