How do you resolve a POLITICAL issue (Acts 25:1-12)?
Who can provide COUNSEL for a wise decision (Acts 25:13-22)?
What is the role of a Christian with POLITICAL leaders (Acts 25:23-26:32)?
What was Paul’s approach (Acts 26:1-23)?
- “I have lived…” (26:1-11)
- “I saw…” (26:12-13)
- “I heard…” (26:14-18)
- “I was not disobedient…” (26:19-21)
- “I had God’s help…” (26:22-23)
What was their response (Acts 26:24-32)?
What can I learn from this story?
- What must I consider?
- What must I believe?
- What must I do?
Main Idea: We are called to present the gospel to political leaders and invite them to believe.
Have you appeared before an important person (defended yourself before a judge, asked for a pay raise with your boss, asked your future father-in-law for permission to marry his daughter, defended your thesis before professors)? How did you prepare yourself for it? What thoughts did you have as you spoke to them?
Two years have passed since Paul was on trial with Felix (Acts 24:27). A new governor, Festus, replaced Felix (read Acts 25:1-12). What did he learn when he visited his new constituents in Jerusalem (25:1-5)? What problem is he facing? When he gets back to Caesarea, what does he say to Paul? How does Paul respond (25:6-12)?
Festus must have been relieved to consult with Herod Agrippa II (read Acts 25:13-22). What do you know about Agrippa and Bernice? Why is he a resource for Festus? Why do you think God puts the gospel at the mercy of powerful political leaders like Felix and Agrippa? Does he still do this today?
Read Acts 25:23-27. In this public setting, what does Festus ask from Agrippa? When Paul is given an opportunity to answer these political leaders, what is the tone of his introduction (read Acts 26:1-3)?
This weekend Randy reviewed Paul’s approach to his defense (Acts 26:1-23). What five things did Paul say to Festus and Agrippa in his conversion story? How does Paul summarize the gospel message (Acts 26:19-23)? How did these political leaders respond (26:24-32)?
What difference does it make to you that Jesus rose from the dead (Acts 26:8, 23)? When you share Christ with someone, how could you use Acts 26:17-18 and 26:20 to review what Jesus offers and the response he requires?
Paul invited people to repent and turn to God, “performing deeds in keeping with their repentance” (Acts 26:20). How can you prove your repentance by your deeds this week?
In Acts 26:14 Paul adds a comment not found in his previous conversion accounts (Acts 9, 22). When has God revealed to you that your struggle has been against him all along? How has he redirected you since then?
ASSIGNMENT: If God gives you an opportunity to share your faith with a political leader, what will you say? How can you prepare for it? Who are political leaders you can begin to pray for with your LIFE Group or family? Use Paul’s advice in 1 Timothy 2:1-8 as a guide for praying for politicians.