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Paul's Imprisonment and Appeal to Rome
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Next Week - Paul's Journey to Rome and Shipwreck (Acts 27-28)
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For this is what the Lord has commanded us: "I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth." Acts 13:47
Travel Plans (Acts 19:21-22)
What plans did Paul make after spending a couple of years in Ephesus during his third journey?
Besides checking up on things, what did Paul intend to do by passing through Greece?
1 Corinthians 16:1-4
What were Paul's plans after taking the offerings to Jerusalem church?
Did Paul sense any danger in his plans to go to Jerusalem?
How were Paul's plans to go to Jerusalem in time for the Passover changed?
What target date did Paul set for arriving in Jerusalem after he missed Passover?
Did Paul believe the dangers in Jerusalem were gone since he missed Passover?
Why would Paul go to Jerusalem if prison and hardship was facing him?
Sad Farewells (Acts 20:36-21:16)
How did the Ephesians respond to Paul's determination to go to Jerusalem despite the danger?
Was the concern for Paul's safety because of their friendship?
How did God test Paul's obedience to His call to go to Jerusalem even further?
Had Paul heard of the accuracy of Agabus' prophesies?
How did the Christians in Caesarea respond to this vivid prophesy?
Did all of this change Paul's mind?
I Became Like a Jew to Win the Jews (Acts 21:17-26)
Besides giving the contributions from the churches, what did Paul do in Jerusalem?
How did the Jerusalem Christians, who focused on Jews, respond to this report?
How did they feel they could disprove these rumors that Paul turned Jews from their traditions?
How did Paul go further than just paying for their purification expenses?
Why did Paul do this when he knew the rumors were false?
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Away With Him! (Acts 21:27-40)
Did Paul's efforts accomplish their desired goal?
Temple had 13 stone signs with:
Let no Gentile enter within the balustrade and enclosure surrounding the sanctuary. Whoever is caught will be personally responsible for his consequent death.
What did other Jews think about a Jew bringing a forbidden Gentile into the temple?
What happened when the mob noise was heard in the Tower Antonia (at NW corner of temple)?
Was the commander able to understand anything about the situation through the commotion?
Besides speaking fluent Greek, how did Paul inform the commander who he was?
Here Is My Defense (Acts 22)
Was Paul able to quiet the frenzied mob enough to talk to them?
Besides speaking their language, how did Paul try to become like a Jew to win the Jews?
Acts 22:3-4, 12-15
How did he transition further into his Christian faith?
Acts 22:17-18, 21
Was the crowd satisfied with Paul's explanation of why he spent time with Gentiles?
Did this help the commander understand why the mob was so upset?
How did Paul keep himself from being flogged?
Acts 22:25, 29
What did the commander decide to do to get to the bottom of this near-riot?
Before the Sanhedrin (Acts 23:1-11)
How did Paul's stand before the Sanhedrin take an immediate bad turn?
Knowing that the Jews would not accept his testimony, what defense did Paul take?
Did this statement have any effect?
With things getting hotter and hotter, how was Paul assured he was doing the right thing?
Paul's Nephew Saves the Day (Acts 23:12-35)
Having blown their chance to nail Paul before the commander, what did the Jews decide to do?
How did this plan fall apart?
Acts 23:16-18a, 22
What did the commander decide to do?
How would Governor Felix know what to do with Paul?
Did the army have any trouble taking Paul to Caesarea?
Did Felix have Paul held in the federal prison?
Felix - Raised as a slave, Got position since brother Pallas was close to Nero, cruel & oppressive
Tacitus (Roman historian): Felix exercised the power of a king in the spirit of a slave
Trial Before Felix (Acts 24)
How were the Jewish leaders more prepared this time?
What three charges did the Jews bring against Paul?
How did Paul address the charge of being a troublemaker and stirring up riots?
How did Paul address the charge of being a ringleader of the Nazarene sect?
How did Paul address the charge of trying to desecrate the temple?
With no basis to punish Paul, but in trouble with the Jews for other reasons, what did Felix do?
Acts 24:22-23, 27
Did Felix forget entirely about Paul during this time?
Trial Before Festus (Acts 25:1-12)
How long did it take the new governor to learn about Paul's case?
What did the Jewish leaders as Festus to do?
How did the prosecution and defense arguments go during this trial?
Faced with upsetting his new constituency with an inevitable acquittal, what did Festus do?
What did Paul think of this idea?
Note: Emperor Nero was too young to rule, so his tutor, Seneca, led in his place
Seneca was a positive & just leader, Paul would have stood trial before Seneca
Seneca's brother was Gallio, Achaia proconsul who sided with Paul (Acts 18:12-17)
Festus Consults King Agrippa (Acts 25:13-26:32)
Who came to visit the new governor just a few weeks after Festus took office?
Why was Paul brought to trial before King Agrippa?
How did King Agrippa reply after Paul told his story?
What did King Agrippa think about everything he had heard?
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