August 26, 2007
INTRODUCTION: The Bible gives many examples of missed opportunities concerning salvation and service. The philosophers at Mars Hill (Acts 12:32), "We will hear you again on this matter." Paul soon left Athens, never to return.
Luke 9:57-62 records the last opportunities of some would-be disciples, but each came up with their own excuses. Remember, let me first bury my father; let me first say good-bye to my family, etc.
PERSONAL LOST OPPORTUNITIES
- No high school reunions
- Janet's college opportunities
- Surgery permitting no more children
- Missed last opportunity to visit Mom
- Funerals I should have done
- Weddings I should have done
I. THE CHANCE GIVEN TO FELIX. 24
What's the chance of Felix meeting the Apostle Paul?
A. WHAT HE KNEW. 22
"having more accurate knowledge of the way"
- Possibly from his Jewish wife, Drusilla. She was
the youngest daughter of Herod Agrippa I. (the Herod of Acts 12) who had James, the brother of John, killed and wished to kill Simon Peter.
- Her brother Agrippa II is the one before whom Paul was soon to stand.
- Drusilla's family was well acquainted with Jesus, John the Baptist, the disciples, and now Paul the Apostle.
- "way" -- common designation of Christianity
- "more accurate knowledge" -- Felix had acquired accurate knowledge about Christianity. He understood what was being taught as to what it takes to belong to Christ. The "way" had been expounded to him more perfectly, (Acts 18:26); well acquainted.
B. WHO HE WAS. 22
Drusilla was Felix's 3rd wife. His first had been a granddaughter of Anthony and Cleopatra. While in her teens, Drusilla had been given in marriage to a king from Syria. With the help of a magician, Felix lured her away from her husband.
II. THE CHARGE TO FELIX. 24-25
"heard him concerning the faith in Christ"
Jude 3, "Beloved, while I was very diligent ...
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