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Paul's Defense before Agrippa (24 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
TEXT: Acts 26:1-32
INTRODUCTION: Again, our setting is in Caesarea, where Paul has now appeared before both Felix and Festus. You will remember that Festus was Felix' successor as governor over Judea.
In chapter 25, King Agrippa and his sister, Bernice, paid Festus a little social visit. Several days later, Festus brings up the issue about Paul, explaining the complaints against him. After hearing about Paul, Agrippa decides to listen to his charges and his defense.
Let me give you two things:
I. A Detailed Background
II. A Worried Response
I. A DETAILED BACKGROUND (VV. 1-23)
A. Paul's Life as a Pharisee (vv. 1-12)
1. Paul sets the stage for his defense. To do that, he begins with his background as a Pharisee. In vs. 3, he said, "...I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently." Paul was well aware of Agrippa's knowledge of Jewish laws and customs, Agrippa being a Jew, himself. No doubt, Paul thought that if he could establish himself as a credible authority in Jewish orthodoxy, then Agrippa would be more likely to pay attention to him. That's true, isn't it? People will tend to listen if we can establish some kind of an interest or credibility level with them. This is why we print gospel tracts about Christian sports heroes, Christian businessmen and Christian celebrities. Folks will pay attention to someone they can look up to or respect.
a. And lest we forget, we should be reminded
that we all have something important to say; we have a Christian testimony. Yours will be different than mine, and mine will be different than yours. We may not have been saved on the Damascus Road, but we have been saved, and we have all met Jesus. The main thing is to speak up for Christ when given the opportunity; we never know how the Lord might use us.
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