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in Acts

Acts 25:1-26:32 - 1st October 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 25:1-26:32
  2. What characters are mentioned?
  3. What are repeated words/phrases?
  4. Why did the Jewish leaders want Paul to stand trial in Jerusalem?
  5. What is Festus' reaction to Paul's speech? What about King Agrippa's reaction?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is similar between Festus & Felix (from chapter 24)?
  2. Why do the Jews continue to want to kill Paul? Why do the Romans or Gentiles seem not to?
  3. This is the third time in chapters 22-26 that we hear Paul's testimony.
    1. Why do you think the author, Luke, repeats Paul's testimony again?
    2. Do you notice any differences between this account and the previous ones?
    3. What would you say is the theme of Paul's testimony here?
  4. What did Jesus mean when he told Paul "it is hard for you to kick against the goads" in 26:14?
  5. Do you think that Paul's aim was to convince King Agrippa of his innocence or of the gospel?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Paul shares his testimony once again in Acts. How does this challenge you to grow in sharing your own testimony?
    1. What are some benefits of being able to share your personal testimony concisely?
    2. Why do you think it's good or helpful to share about sin and your life before Christ? (like Paul in 26:9-11)
    3. What are some ways you can adjust your testimony based on who is listening?
  2. Paul experiences different responses from Festus and Agrippa. What are some different responses that someone might have to your testimony?
    1. Should that affect what you share? 
    2. Should that affect how you share?
  3. How do you handle situations where you are criticized for what you believe?
    1. How can you learn from Paul's response to King Agrippa in 26:29?

Acts 21:17-22:29 - 10th September 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 21:17-22:29 (It may help to read Acts 21:1-16 to remember the context from last week)
  2. What locations or settings are mentioned?
  3. What characters are mentioned? How are they described?
  4. What problems arise in the narrative?
  5. How would you summarize the plan of James and the elders in verses 22-25?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1.  What do the Jews say about Paul? (21:21, 28-29)
    1. Are there charges true? False? Partially true? (cross reference Acts 16:1-3)
  2. Paul participates in a "Nazarite vow" in order to disprove the rumors of the Jews (Numbers 6:1-21 describes the vow process).
    1. Why do you think Paul was so concerned about what the Jews thought of him?
    2. Why did he show himself in the temple, despite the danger?
  3. Earlier in chapter 21, Agabus prophesied about Paul being "bound" in Jerusalem. How do you see this fulfilled in these verses?
  4. Why do you think Paul decided to address the people in the Hebrew language? (21:40-22:21)
    1. What message does he try to communicate?
  5. Do you see any similarities/differences between Paul's capture in Jerusalem and Jesus'? 

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Paul courageously tries to show himself as a Jew and to therefore be above reproach to those who wanted to condemn him.
    1. How can we learn from Paul here?
    2. How can we grow in having a clear conscience and being ready to give a defense to outsiders? (1 Peter 3:14-17)
    3. What can you do to grow in your own assurance and trust in God--even in difficult circumstances?
  2. Paul is also quick to share his testimony--the story of the gospel and his faith in Jesus.
    1. What is your testimony? Would you be able to share it in 3-5 minutes if an opportunity came?
    2. How can you practice sharing your testimony this week?
    3. Paul briefly describes the gospel in verse 16 (Jesus washes away our sin when we repent and call on His name). Why is it important not to leave out the gospel when we share how Jesus has changed our lives?