Remember how the Lord encouraged Paul in a vision one night by saying, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you” (Acts 18:9-10). You can be certain that Jesus was intentionally giving Paul confidence in the message of the gospel, the greatest message ever given to man, and there was power in it and in the Holy Spirit that would carry him through everything. This is what drove Paul to share his testimony even to those opposers who wanted him dead.
Our attitude should be no different. As you go through this chapter, ask yourself if this passion and confidence is driving you in the pursuit of spreading the gospel?
Acts 22:1-16. Paul boldly shares with the Jews, who wanted to kill him, how he persecuted the church and was stopped on the Damascus road by the Lord whom he persecuted. Through this, God changed Paul into a __________ to everyone of what he had seen and heard.
Acts 22:17-21. Paul received instruction from the Lord to leave “Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your ___________ about Me.” This was the means of directing Paul to the Gentiles.
Acts 22:22-30. The inference that Paul was turning to the Gentiles further infuriates the Jews making it necessary for him to use his Roman citizenship as a defense against the angry crowd.
There is no guarantee that our lives will be spared from harm if we are faithful to the gospel message and a commitment to fulfill the Great Commission. What will make the difference is knowing intimately that the Author of the message is standing with us as we deliver it.
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