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Paul's Imprisonment and Appeal to Rome

Acts 21-26

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    Next Week - Paul's Journey to Rome and Shipwreck (Acts 27-28)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      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

Opening Prayer

Travel Plans (Acts 19:21-22)
    What plans did Paul make after spending a couple of years in Ephesus during his third journey?
      Acts 19:21-22
    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?
      Romans 15:23-28
    Did Paul sense any danger in his plans to go to Jerusalem?
      Romans 15:31-32

    How were Paul's plans to go to Jerusalem in time for the Passover changed?
      Acts 20:3b
    What target date did Paul set for arriving in Jerusalem after he missed Passover?
      Acts 20:16
    Did Paul believe the dangers in Jerusalem were gone since he missed Passover?
      Acts 20:22-23
    Why would Paul go to Jerusalem if prison and hardship was facing him?
      Acts 20:24

Sad Farewells (Acts 20:36-21:16)
    How did the Ephesians respond to Paul's determination to go to Jerusalem despite the danger?
      Acts 20:36-38
    Was the concern for Paul's safety because of their friendship?
      Acts 21:4-6
    How did God test Paul's obedience to His call to go to Jerusalem even further?
      Acts 21:10-11
    Had Paul heard of the accuracy of Agabus' prophesies?
      Acts 11:27-30

    How did the Christians in Caesarea respond to this vivid prophesy?
      Acts 21:12
    Did all of this change Paul's mind?
      Acts 21:13-16

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?
      Acts 21:17-19
    How did the Jerusalem Christians, who focused on Jews, respond to this report?
      Acts 21:20-22
    How did they feel they could disprove these rumors that Paul turned Jews from their traditions?
      Acts 21:23-24
    How did Paul go further than just paying for their purification expenses?
      Acts 21:26
    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?
      Acts 21:27-29
    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?
      Acts 21:30

    What happened when the mob noise was heard in the Tower Antonia (at NW corner of temple)?
      Acts 21:31-36
    Was the commander able to understand anything about the situation through the commotion?
      Acts 21:37-38
    Besides speaking fluent Greek, how did Paul inform the commander who he was?
      Acts 21:39-40

Here Is My Defense (Acts 22)
    Was Paul able to quiet the frenzied mob enough to talk to them?
      Acts 22:1-2
    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?
      Acts 22:22
    Did this help the commander understand why the mob was so upset?
      Acts 22:23-24
    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?
      Acts 22:30

Before the Sanhedrin (Acts 23:1-11)
    How did Paul's stand before the Sanhedrin take an immediate bad turn? .
      Acts 23:1-5
    Knowing that the Jews would not accept his testimony, what defense did Paul take?
      Acts 23:6
    Did this statement have any effect?
      Acts 23:7-10
    With things getting hotter and hotter, how was Paul assured he was doing the right thing?
      Acts 23:11

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?
      Acts 23:12-15
    How did this plan fall apart?
      Acts 23:16-18a, 22
    What did the commander decide to do?
      Acts 23:23-24

    How would Governor Felix know what to do with Paul?
      Acts 23:25-30
    Did the army have any trouble taking Paul to Caesarea?
      Acts 23:31-32
    Did Felix have Paul held in the federal prison?
      Acts 23:35
    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?
      Acts 24:1
    What three charges did the Jews bring against Paul?
      Acts 24:5-9

    How did Paul address the charge of being a troublemaker and stirring up riots?
      Acts 24:11-13
    How did Paul address the charge of being a ringleader of the Nazarene sect?
      Acts 24:14-16
    How did Paul address the charge of trying to desecrate the temple?
      Acts 24:17-21

    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?
      Acts 24:24-26

Trial Before Festus (Acts 25:1-12)
    How long did it take the new governor to learn about Paul's case?
      Acts 25:1-2
    What did the Jewish leaders as Festus to do?
      Acts 25:3-5
    How did the prosecution and defense arguments go during this trial?
      Acts 25:7-8

    Faced with upsetting his new constituency with an inevitable acquittal, what did Festus do?
      Acts 25:9
    What did Paul think of this idea?
      Acts 25:10-12
    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?
      Acts 25:13
    Why was Paul brought to trial before King Agrippa?
      Acts 25:24-27
    How did King Agrippa reply after Paul told his story?
      Acts 26:28-29
    What did King Agrippa think about everything he had heard?
      Acts 26:30-32

Closing Prayer

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