by Daniel Rodgers

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Trouble in Jerusalem (19 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
Volume II
Dan Rodgers

TEXT: Acts 21:18-40

INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, Paul arrived in the city of Tyre, where he was greeted by several disciples of the Lord, along with their families. No doubt, this was an uplifting time for him, being able to fellowship with those who loved the Savior.

Knowing that he was determined to go to Jerusalem, and having received of the Holy Spirit a vision concerning the danger that awaited him, the disciples warned him not to go, but he did go.

When Paul was about to depart, they all followed him to the seashore, where they got down on their knees and prayed for him (vs. 5).

Paul then traveled on to Caesarea, where he spent some time in the house of Philip, the evangelist. While there, the Bible says a certain prophet named Agabus, from Judea, came to see him. Agabus also warned Paul not to travel to Jerusalem, saying that his life would be in danger. We remember his response in (vs. 13): "Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."

This evening, we pick up our story in vs. 18, following Paul's arrival in Jerusalem. I have three points:

I. A Sobering Revelation
II. A Terrifying Confrontation
III. A Qualifying Response


A. A Time of Review (vv. 18-20a)

1. When Paul arrived in Jerusalem with some of his companions, he was greeted by James and the elders of the church. This was the James who was the brother of Jesus. James was also the pastor of the church in Jerusalem. Paul alludes to him in Galatians 1:19, "But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother."

2. In vs. 19, Paul begins to rehearse how God
had used his ministry to influence the Gentiles. You will remember that the Jews by and large had rejected th ...

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