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ACTION IN ACTS  -  PHASE 4                              “THE KING IS ON TRIAL”          SESSION 3

                   ACTS  25/13   26/32

INTRODUCTION:

Another day begins with yet another opportunity for Paul to speak to people in high places. This time it is King Agrippa who is fascinated by what he has heard of this evangelist and he orders an audience with him. Here is yet another person who has the authority & power to bring Paul’s journey to a screaming halt – if he so chose. “But you must …and you will” continues to be the over-riding reality. No matter what obstacles come his way.

[1] WHAT SEEMS TO BE

a. To the casual observer, Paul the evangelist is on trial before King Agrippa. But which King is really on trial here? King Jesus represented by Paul or King Herod?

b. Read John 19/8-11.  Again, the casual observer might assume that Jesus is on trial before Pilate. But what is the reality? The Roman Governor who sits in the chair representing the power and authority of Rome or the vulnerable, beaten, bleeding figure standing before him? There’s no doubt about the answer that Jesus would give. See Jesus’ response in v.11. Perception and reality are not always the same. Things aren’t always what they appear to be. If that is true, what should be our response in situations that require important decisions.

[2] PAUL’S TESTIMONY.  (25/1-23)

a. What were the main tenants of Paul’s testimony? As you have done in this series on Acts on a few occasions, take time to itemise or list Paul’s sermon notes. Which parts do you think he underlined because of their importance? Did he repeat anything that made it more vital?

a. How would you describe the responses of ……

Festus? ____________________________Agrippa? ________________________

b. The verdict (v.31) _________________________________________________

To his credit, Festus disqualifies himself from putting Paul on trial (v.20). He acknowledged his ignorance about “The Way” and was (no doubt) relieved that Paul had appealed to Caesar. “Roman law seems more humane & just than does the Jewish Law” (Discuss this statement).

[3]  WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN  (V.32)

a. Whether he realised it or not, when Paul appealed to Caesar, he locked himself into the Roman justice system. It was over to the Romans to get him to Rome, even if he changed his mind! The extent to which Rome will go to deliver the prisoner to the Emperor is about to unfold.

 

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