Paul’s life is an interesting model for us to follow. On the one hand there was nothing in his conduct that gives any cause for a civil or legal charge that could be laid against him (25:8). He told the Corinthians, “Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved” (1 Corinthians 10:32–33). Notice Paul’s purpose in giving no offense - that persons might hear the gospel and be saved. Yet Christ and the gospel message is “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense” (Romans 9:33; 1 Peter 2:8). Keeping these principles distinct in our minds is very important for the effective work of ministry.
As you look at Acts 25, consider how we live before others. Does it make way for the gospel to be heard by others or are we hindering the message by our conduct and the way we speak.
Acts 25:1-12. The plot of the Jews to bring Paul back to Jerusalem so he could be killed was avoided by Paul’s appeal to Caesar for a hearing. This will also accomplish the Lord’s promise that Paul “must testify also in Rome” (Acts 23:11).
Acts 25:13-27. Festus is perplexed because Paul speaks of the resurrection. He gives Paul an audience with King Agrippa and says “I found that he had done nothing deserving of _______”.
Do our lives make way for the gospel to be proclaimed where God puts us or sends us, or are there issues that hinder the testimony of Christ?
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