This past weekend, Pastor Micah looked at Acts 28:11-31 CSB
11 After three months we set sail in an Alexandrian ship that had wintered at the island, with the Twin Gods as its figurehead.
12 Putting in at Syracuse, we stayed three days.
13 From there, after making a circuit along the coast, we reached Rhegium. After one day a south wind sprang up, and the second day we came to Puteoli.
14 There we found brothers and sisters and were invited to stay a week with them. And so we came to Rome.
15 Now the brothers and sisters from there had heard the news about us and had come to meet us as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.
16 When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself with the soldier who guarded him.
17 After three days he called together the leaders of the Jews. When they had gathered he said to them: “Brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
18 After they examined me, they wanted to release me, since there was no reason for the death penalty in my case.
19 Because the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar; even though I had no charge to bring against my people.
20 For this reason I’ve asked to see you and speak to you. In fact, it is for the hope of Israel that I’m wearing this chain.”
21 Then they said to him, “We haven’t received any letters about you from Judea. None of the brothers has come and reported or spoken anything evil about you.
22 But we want to hear what your views are, since we know that people everywhere are speaking against this sect.”
23 After arranging a day with him, many came to him at his lodging. From dawn to dusk he expounded and testified about the kingdom of God. He tried to persuade them about Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets.
24 Some were persuaded by what he said, but others did not believe.
25 Disagreeing among themselves, they began to leave after Paul made one statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah
26 when he said,
Go to these people and say:
You will always be listening,
but never understanding;
and you will always be looking,
but never perceiving.
27 For the hearts of these people
have grown callous,
their ears are hard of hearing,
and they have shut their eyes;
otherwise they might see with their eyes
and hear with their ears,
understand with their heart
and I would heal them.
28 Therefore, let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.”
30 Paul stayed two whole years in his own rented house. And he welcomed all who visited him,
31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.
1. We celebrate the triumph of our king.
2. We are fueled by family.
3. We are driven by hope for people without Jesus.
4. We share the Gospel relentlessly.
5. We measure success by obedience.
6. We are passionate in our love for God and people.
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