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Week 42 Day 7
The second half of Acts is about Paul
the people he worked with
those he met
his message and hardships
his arrest and long drawn-out trial
The lengthy nature of his trial
gave him precious opportunity
to witness to those in Rome
to write to the Churches he had established
on his missionary journeys
We do not know what finally happened to Paul.
Those letters he wrote from prison
in Rome and elsewhere
comprise the next section of the Bible.
The book of Acts began in Jerusalem with 120 believers.
Thirty years later the book ends with Paul in Rome
the "uttermost part of the world"
Christianity had spread
from the Middle East
ROME, THE CITY OF THE CAESARS
Paul's story ends in Rome but the Holy Spirit's work goes on.
Acts 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28
31Soldiers took Paul to Caesarea. 1After five days the elders gave evidence to the governor against Paul. 10And Paul answered them. 22When Felix heard these things, he adjourned. 23He commanded the centurion to keep Paul and let him have liberty, and told him not to forbid his friends to visit him.
24After some days, Felix and his wife who was Jewish, sent for
Paul and heard him concerning faith in Christ. 27But after two
years Festus succeeded Felix; and Felix, wanting to do the Jews a favor, left Paul bound, 9and said, "Are you willing to be judged in Jerusalem?" 11So Paul said, "If I am an offender, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar."
13King Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea,14and when they had been there many days, Festus laid Paul's case before the king. 22Then Agrippa said, "I also would like to hear the man myself." 23Next day, when Agrippa and Bernice entered the auditorium with the prominent people of the city, Paul was brought in. 1Agrippa said to Paul, You are permitted to speak." 24While he thus made his defense, Festus said, "Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!" 25But he said, "I am not mad, noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason. 25The king knows these things. 27King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do believe." 28Then Agrippa said, "You almost persuade me to become a Christian." 29And Paul said, "I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains."
1We sailed to Italy 7with difficulty. 14A tempestuous head
wind arose; 20when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, all hope that we would be saved was given up. 41They ran the ship aground; the prow stuck fast but the stern was being broken up by the violence of the waves. 43The centurion commanded that those who could swim should jump overboard first, and the rest, on boards and parts of the ship, all escaped safely to land.
16When we came to Rome, Paul was permitted to dwell by
himself with the soldier who guarded him. 30Paul lived two
years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him,
preaching the kingdom of God and teaching things concerning
the Lord Jesus with all confidence, no one forbidding him.
This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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