It should not surprise us when the preaching of the glorious gospel of Christ stirs up hatred and persecution, and that from those in ‘high places’. In our own day, the killing of Christians in certain parts of the world is almost an everyday occurrence and is either promoted or overlooked by those in government. Though the accusations against Paul were unfounded, there was a collaboration between religious leaders and governing authorities who were determined to rid themselves of this man who was passionate about the gospel. Yet Paul is unafraid and bold in using every opportunity to defend his life and ministry.
As you reflect on chapter 24, remember Jesus’ prophetic words about Paul in Acts 9:15-16.
Acts 24:1-21. A few of Paul’s main points in his defense were:
Getting to the core of the gospel message is vital in any culture. Those in their own culture are most effective at communicating this message. Paul knew this and used his Roman citizenship as a means to open doors of opportunity. This is why it is so important to evangelize through indigenous disciples who know their language and culture.
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