Friday, April 06, 2012
Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Acts. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses and encourages you through this material. Stay strong. Live in the Spirit. Encourage each other. Pray. Jesus is coming…
Take a few minutes to pray and savor chapter 26 of the book of Acts. Read it with the thought in mind that this is the first display of the power of the Holy Spirit working through man – aside from Christ, that is. Imagine what the Spirit can do through you if you let Him! Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…
26:9-18 – Paul’s own conversion story.
26:23 – suffer – excruciating means “out of the cross”.
26:24 – Festus is the new governor.
Some people will ridicule you when you share the gospel. SHOW THEM RESPECT.
26:25-27 – Some people will be silent when confronted to make a decision for Christ. ASK QUESTIONS.
26:27 – Paul boldly questions King Agrippa about his beliefs. What questions can we ask those to whom we are witnessing to make them acknowledge their beliefs and inform us how to proceed? How about, “When you die, will you go to heaven? Why?” Make sure you ask, “Is there something I’ve said that you don’t understand?”
26:28-29 – Some will refuse to make a decision for Christ. SHOW CONCERN FOR THEM.
26:31 – Since Paul didn’t deserve punishment or prison, perhaps he was solely there for the opportunity to witness to that group of people.
• The book of Acts teaches us much about what the Holy Spirit is capable of doing through a mortal life. What have you learned about how He wants to work through you today? What will you do to give up a bit of control to Him?
• What attributes of God do you see in this book?
• What verse of scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?