Welcomed

After arriving in Rome, Paul was placed under house arrest awaiting his trial. He made the most of his time by entertaining guests, showing hospitality, teaching them about the kingdom of God and introducing them to Jesus. This was a man who knew how to make the most of his calling in any situation.

How are you using what you have to promote the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus?

(28/28)

Just the Way

After setting sail for Rome, the captain refused to listen to Paul’s advice to harbor for the winter. They ran into a terrible storm and were driven by the wind for three days. The sailers were famished and on the verge of depression, but the Lord appeared to Paul and guaranteed their safe arrival in Rome. He passed this message along, assured that the word of the Lord would come to pass.

Do we have that kind of faith? Have you seen the Lord’s provision in the past? Can you trust him to provide for the present and the future? Can you speak with confidence about God’s provision to others?

(27/28)

Easy

At the end of Paul’s defense, Agrippa recoiled at the thought of being persuaded so easily to become a Christian. Some people come easily and some take more time, but God draws whom he wills.

Do we have the mindset of Paul that what we have is worth sharing?

(26/28)

King A & Queen B

When Paul finds himself bring treated like a novelty act in a king’s court, he takes the opportunity to share the gospel with the king, queen, governor, military commanders, and prominent men of the city. They may have been reached another way, but Paul wasn’t going to take any chances.

Have you ever found yourself in a really uncomfortable and unjust situation that the Lord was able to use for his glory?

(25/28)

Disturbance

Although Paul want afraid of debate, he did not make a name for himself by arguing it intentionally causing disturbances. I’m afraid there are Christians today who are out looking for a fight. There are also people who want to get into an argument with Christians about their faith. Paul refused to get involved with such people.

What’s your approach to evangelism and apologetics?

(24/28)

Good Conscience

The peace that accompanies a clear conscience is wonderful. Even though Paul was unjustly put on trial, he could enjoy the peace of a life well lived.

A clear conscience does not necessarily come from living a perfect life, though I’m certain Jesus enjoyed this benefit. Rather it comes from living in a way that is honorable to God and confessing and forsaking our sin when we mess up.

Are you living with a good conscience today?

(23/28)

Get Out

The Lord told Paul to get out of Jerusalem at the beginning of his ministry because the Jews there would not listen to him. Paul tried to explain to the Lord that the people there knew him and would probably want to hear why he had stopped persecuting the Christians. God knew they weren’t ready to hear and sent him to the Gentiles.

Are you open to a change of scenery if the Lord is ready to use you somewhere else?

(22/28)

Against

Zeal can be motivated by righteousness and by unrighteousness. The Jews in Jerusalem had heard about Paul and thought the worst of him. They thought he was a traitor to Judaism who sought to turn everyone away from the faith. Seeing him in the temple and assuming he had brought his Greek friend in, they formed a lynch mob and tried to kill him. They were whole heatedly devoted to their people, law, and temple. Anyone who posed a threat to any of those was worry of death.

Of course Paul was not anti Jewish or opposed to the law or temple, but they didn’t take the time to ask questions.

Do you see this impulsive behavior in our world today? In politics, education, or religion?

(21/28)

Assembled

While traveling, Paul and his companions made a concerted effort to gather with local believers in the first day of the week to break bread. While this doesn’t necessarily set a precedent for a Sunday church service, it at least explains why many Christians now meet on Sunday. If this verse is to be used to support a Sunday church service, then it should probably be used to emphasize the importance of the Lord’s Supper, or communion, during that gathering.

What do you think? Does the context support these ideas?

(20/28)

Discussions

In Ephesus, Paul began his ministry in the synagogue (think Jewish community center). Unfortunately, due to strong Jewish opposition, he was forced to leave and carry on his discussions in a new place, the lecture hall of Tyrranus. Here he focused his attention on the 12 disciples who wanted to learn more about the God of the Bible. He stayed here for two years before moving on to his next assignment. While this isn’t exactly a seminary, it seems to lay a foundation for the training of articulate Christians.

Have you considered pursuing formal Bible training? What subjects interest you?

(19/28)