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 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 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 23:11-35

  1. Consider how greatly Paul must have needed encouragement because of:
    (a) the physical strain he had undergone,
    (b) the pain of Israel’s unbelief,
    (c) the seeming failure of his witness,
    and (d) the ganger of which he would be aware next day. How would the vision and the words spoken by the Lord meet all these need? What words of the Bible have you found a help in such times? Do you memorize them?
  2. God sends deliverance in many different ways.
    How did he send deliverance in this case?
    Paul must have been greatly encouraged by what his nephew did.
    Are you able to do any cats of kindness that will bring gladness to some person in need or loneliness or anxiety?

Acts 22:30-23:10

  1. What is Paul’s testimony concerning his behavior and his belief? Cf. 24:16 and 2 Tim. 1: 3.
    He sought always to live to the glory of God.
    Are you able to testify in the same way concerning your behavior and belief?
  2. Consider Paul’s tactics in the courtroom:
    (a) his righteous anger (verses 3-5), and
    (b) his division of the court (verses 6-10). Once again the enquiry was abandoned.
    Was Paul more concerned for his own welfare and a settlement of the whole matter, or for the truth?

Acts 22:17-29

  1. Paul argues in verses 19, 20 that he is well qualified to take the gospel to the Jews.
    Yet God commands him to go to the Gentiles (verse 21).
    What practical lessons about Christian service and God’s working can we learn from this?
  2. With verses 22-29 compare 16:22, 23, 37-39. Paul mentions his Roman citizenship to prevent scourging; yet at Philippi he had acted otherwise.
    Compare the circumstances and consider the reasons for Paul’s action. Are you prepared to forgo your personal rights for the sake of God’s glory? Cf. 1 Cor. 9:12.

Acts 21:37-22:16

In the face of a murderous mob, and by permission of the captain of the guard who at first misunderstood who he was, Paul makes his defence.

  1. Paul uses, not a sermon, but personal testimony. Notice what he says about his background, religious activity, conversion and calling to serve the Lord Jesus.
    Have you realized how powerful a weapon you possess in your personal Christian testimony?
    Do you use it?
  2. Paul seeks to put no unnecessary offence before the Jews:
    notice the language he uses, and what he says about Ananias as a Jew.
    Here was a man being utterly faithful to Christ, and concerned for his enemies.
    Can you care, in the same way, for those who badly treat you?