Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Acts 24

Tonight there is the Impact Students small group at the Hinkle house. Nathan will be covering Acts chapters 18-24 so if you have not read some parts of those chapters, I encourage you to at least look over them. If you have not read any of these chapters please come anyway because you can still participate.

Paul is brought to Felix where he gives his account to. Tertullus brought charges against Paul. Verse 5-6, "We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him." These chargers are outrageous but Paul keeps his cool and addresses Felix. His reply, however, falls short and Paul is put into prison. Felix gives Paul many freedoms while in "prison". This surprisingly turns into a great opportunity to preach. Paul had few restrictions and was able to preach to whoever came in contact with him while under Roman guard. What could be better? Has God every taken something bad in your life and turned it into something good? What happened? When we pray, we need to be sure we are praying for God's way and not our way. Why is it better to pray for God's way and not our way?


Jackie said...

I really liked verse 15:
I have the same hope in God that these men have, that he will raise both the righteous and the unrighteous. Acts 24:15 (NLT)

To me this verse talks about how God will use the righteous and the unrighteous to bring glory to his name. God uses righteous people a lot, but he also uses unrighteous people. I mean look at what he did in Paul's life! He was going around killing believers and then God came into his life and it changed him forever! Paul was able to bring a lot of people to God because of how he changed. People probably thought things like: "Oh well if this God has forgiving this man and he was killing his followers then surly he can forgive me". So God uses anyone to bring glory to his name!

Nathan Coupleton said...

Deaths began to realize Christianity was real and he sent Paul away because the truth scared him. Paul shared the Gospel just like God called him to, but Festus response was to run from it. Not embrace it or persecute it. Running from the truth doesn't work for long. Eventually Festus decided to ignore Gods truth. It's sad to see someone so close to accepting God fall away