Acts – Follow-Up (Fifth Missionary Journey)

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Exposition of Acts: Follow-up on Paul’s Travels

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. AD 62-63
A. ROME

>>1. WHERE ACTS 28 ENDS
>>2. WHAT HAPPENED IN ROME?
Acts 27:23-24 Last night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar.
Phil 1:19-26 “I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
Convinced of this, I know that I will remain alive and continue to be with you, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.

B. SPAIN
>>1. RETURN TO OLD MISSION FIELD
Phm 1:22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you
>>2. REACH NEW MISSION FIELD
Rom 15:22-29 “This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you, I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while.
When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to those in Jerusalem what has been collected, I will leave for Spain by way of Rome. I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.

I Clement 5:5-7 AD 95 testified in Rome:

II. AD 64-65
A. ASIA

>>1. CRETE
Titus 1:5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you
>>2. EPHESUS
I Tim 1:3b remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine
II Tim 4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds
II Tim 1:15 You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes
>>3. COLOSSAE
Phm 22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you
>>4. MILETUS
I Tim 1:3a As I urged you [Timothy] when I was leaving for Macedonia, to remain in Ephesus
II Tim 4:20b I left Trophimus, who was ill, at Miletus

B. EUROPE
>>1. TROAS
II Tim 4:13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments
>>2. MACEDONIA
I Tim 1:3 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia,
>>3. ACHAIA
Titus 3:12 When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.
II Tim 4:20 Erastus remained behind at Corinth
>>4. NICOPOLIS
Acts 24:5 He was noted Christian “ringleader”; rearrested
II Tim 4:13, 21a When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. Do your best to come before winter.

III. AD 65-67
A. ROME

>>1. PRISON
II Tim 1:16-18 May the Lord grant mercy to the family of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me — may the Lord grant him mercy on that Day.
II Tim 4:11a Only Luke is with me.
II Tim 4:11b Find John Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry
>>2. HEARTACHE
II Tim 4:16 At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!
II Tim 4:10a For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica.
Col 4:14; Phm 24
II Tim 4:21 Eubulus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers
II Tim 4:10b Crescens has gone to Galatia
II Tim 4:10c Titus to Dalmatia.
II Tim 4:12 Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.

B. HEAVEN
>>1. AWAITING EXECUTION
II Tim 4:6–7 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering; the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
>>2. EXECUTION


Special Speaker – Todd Schmidt, UW Campus Ministry

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>Special Speaker: University of Wyoming Campus Missionary, Todd Schmidt

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A Sermon by University of Wyoming Todd Schmidt, a missionary supported by Sovereign Grace Church

Study on Justification from Romans 5


Special Speaker Brother Nick Belveal

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>Special Speaker: Brother Nick Belveal

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Special Speaker Elder Jim Garbutt

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>Special Speaker: Elder Jim Garbutt ably filling in as Pastor was unable to preach this week

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Acts 28:17-31 Fantastic Story

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Exposition of Acts: Fantastic Story

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. MEETING OF THE MINDS
A. REPORT

>>1. HEARING OF THE JEWS
Acts 28:17 After three days Paul called together the local leaders of the Jews, and when they had gathered, he said to them, “Brothers, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
(Acts 2:10; 18:2; 19:21; 22:3; Rom 1:16)
>>2. HELD WITHOUT CAUSE
Acts 28:18 When they had examined me, they wished to set me at liberty, because there was no reason for the death penalty in my case.

B. REASONS
>>1. HELP FROM ROME
Acts 28:19 But because the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar—though I had no charge to bring against my nation.
(Acts 2:14; 10:39; 14:1-2)
>>2. HOPE OF ISRAEL
Acts 28:20 For this reason, therefore, I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is because of the hope of Israel that I am wearing this chain.”
(Job 19:25-27; Is 26:19; Dan 12:3)

C. REPLY
>>1. HOPELESS CASE AGAINST PAUL
Acts 28:21 And they said to him, “We have received no letters from Judea about you, and none of the brothers coming here has reported or spoken any evil about you.
>>2. HONEST DESIRE
Acts 28:22 But we desire to hear from you what your views are, for with regard to this sect we know that everywhere it is spoken against.”

II. MESSAGE OF THE MESSIAH
A. REHASHING

>>1. HOLDING FORTH THE WORD
Acts 28:23 When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God, and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Torah of Moses and from the Prophets.
(Mt 6:10; Lk 24:27)
>>2. HASHING IT OVER
Acts 28:24-25a Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe, disagreeing among themselves.

B. RESPONSE
>>1. HAMMER AWAY
Acts 28:25b-26 For Paul had made this statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet: “‘Go to this people, and say, “You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
(Isaiah 6:9-10; Mt 13:14-15; Mk 4:12; Lk 8:10; Jn 12:39-40; Rom 11:25)
>>2. HEARTS & HEARING
Acts 28:27 For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’
>>3. HIT THE POINT
Acts 28:28 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.”
(Ps 67:2; II Cor 2:16)

C. RESULT
>>1. HOSTILE AUDIENCE
Acts 28:29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed with continued debate among themselves.
(II Cor 3:14; 4:3-6)
>>2. HEARTFELT WELCOME
Acts 28:30 He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him,
(Philemon 10; Mt 22:1-14)
>>3. HINDRANCES AVOIDED
Acts 28:31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.
(Rom 1:16; Acts 20:24)


Acts 28:1-16 Final Road to Rome

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Exposition of Acts: Final Road

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. UNEXPECTED STOP
A. MIRACLE

>>1. WELCOME
Acts 28:1-2 After we reached safety, we learned that the island was called Malta. The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold.
>>2. WARMTH
Acts 28:3-5 When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand.
When the local people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.”
However, he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.

>>3. WORSHIP
Acts 28:6 They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.

B. MINISTRY
>>1. WONDER
Acts 28:7-8 Now in the area of the wreck were lands owned by leader of the island named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days. It happened that the father of Publius continually was sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him, prayed, and putting his hands on him healed him.
>>2. WORK
Acts 28:9 And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases kept coming for treatment.
(also Col 4:14)
>>3. WORTHY
Acts 28:10a They also honored us greatly

II. EXPECTED DESTINATION
A. MISSION

>>1. WAIT
Acts 28:10b-11 and when we were about to sail, they put on board whatever we needed. After three months we set sail in a ship that had wintered in the island, a ship of Alexandria, with the twin gods as a figurehead.
>>2. WILLING
Acts 28:12 Putting in at Syracuse, we stayed there for three days.
>>3. WIND
Acts 28:13 And from there we made a circuit and arrived at Rhegium. And after one day a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we disembarked at Puteoli.

B. MOTIVATION
>>1. WELL-DONE
Acts 28:14a At Puteoli found brothers and were invited to stay with them for seven days.
>>2. WISH
Acts 28:14b-15 And so we arrived in Rome. And the brothers there, when they heard about us, came as far as the Market of Appius and Three Inns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul thanked God and was encouraged.
(also Acts 2:10)
>>3. WITNESS
Acts 28:16 And when we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with only the soldier who guarded him.
(also Acts 23:11; 27:23-25; Phil 1:13)

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Acts 27:1-44 Foundering in a Wreck

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Exposition of Acts: Foundering in a Wreck

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. THE STORY
A. MANAGEMENT OF THE VOYAGE

>>1. AMONG THE PRISONERS
Acts 27:1 When it was decided that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort named Julius.
(also Mk 10:27; Mt 8; Lk 7; 23; Acts 10, 21-28)
>>2. ALONG THE COAST
Acts 27:2 And embarking in a ship of Adramyttium, which was about to sail to the ports along the coast of Asia, we put to sea, accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica.
>>3. ACROSS TO CYPRUS/CILICIA
Acts 27:3-5 The next day we put in at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and granting permission go to his friends and be cared for. And putting out to sea from there we sailed under shelter of Cyprus, because the winds were against us. After we had sailed across the open sea along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we arrived at to Myra in Lycia.

B. MISJUDGMENT OF OPTIONS
>>1. ABOARD THE SHIP
Acts 27:6-8 There the centurion found a ship from Alexandria sailing for Italy and put us on board. We sailed slowly for a number of days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, yet as the wind did not allow us to enter harbor, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Cape Salmone. Coasting along it with difficulty, we came to the Bay of Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.
>>2. AROUND THE ADVICE
Acts 27:9-11 Since much time had passed, and the voyage was now dangerous because even the Fast was already over, Paul advised them: “Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the Captain of the ship than to what Paul said.
(also II Cor 11:25)
>>3. ABOUT THE CHOICE
Acts 27:12 And because the bay was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided to put out to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, facing both southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.

II. THE STORM
A. MISTAKE OF THE CAPTAIN

>>1. AGAINST GOOD JUDGMENT
Acts 27:13-16 Now when the south wind blew gently, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close to the shore. But soon a tempestuous wind, called a Nor’easter, struck down from the land.
And when the ship was caught and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along. Running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we managed with difficulty to secure the ship’s boat.

>>2. ATOP THE WAVES
Acts 27:17-19 After hoisting it on deck, they used support [cables] to undergird the ship. Then, fearing that they would run aground on the ‘Syrtis Sands’, they lowered sea anchor sheets, and thus they were driven along. Since we were violently storm-tossed, they began the next day to jettison the cargo and on the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard by hand.

B. MESSAGE OF HOPE
>>1. AT WIT’S END
Acts 27:20-22 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned. Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and incurred this injury and loss. Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.
>>2. ABOVE THE STORM
Acts 27:23-25 For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to Whom I belong and Whom I worship, and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’
>>3. ACCORDING TO GOD
Acts 27:26 Consequently, men, take heart, for I believe God that it will be exactly as I have been told. But we must run aground on some island.”
(also Job 13:15)

III. THE SHIPWRECK
A. MUTINY OF THE CREW

>>1. APART FROM FEAR
Acts 27:27-29 When the 14th night had come, as we were being driven across the Adria, about midnight the sailors suspected that they were nearing land. So they took a sounding and found twenty fathoms. A little farther on they took a sounding again and found fifteen fathoms. And fearing that we might run on the rocks, they let down four anchors from the stern and prayed for day to come.
>>2. AMID THE CONFUSION
Acts 27:30-32 As the sailors were seeking to escape the ship and had lowered the ship’s boat into the sea under pretense of laying out sea anchors from the bow, Paul said to the centurion and soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.” So the soldiers cut away the ropes and let the boat go.

B. MIRACLE OF DELIVERANCE
>>1. ALONG WITH EVERYONE
Acts 27:33-38 As day was about to break, Paul urged everyone to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense and without food, having taken nothing. Therefore, I urge you to take some food. For it will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.” And when he had said these things, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all, he broke it and began to eat. Everyone was encouraged and also ate. (We were in all 276 persons in the ship.) And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea.
>>2. ASTRIDE THE REEF
Acts 27:39-41 Now when it was day, they didn’t recognize the land, but noted a bay with a beach, on which they planned possibly to run the ship ashore. So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that tied the steering oars. Then hoisting the foresail to the wind they made for the beach. But where the sea met the water of the bay, they ran the vessel aground on a sand bar. The bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was being broken up by the surf.
>>3. AFTER THE WRECK
Acts 27:42-44 The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape. But the Centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land.


Acts 26:1-32 Forceful (Trial, Part 3)

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Exposition of Acts: Forceful Proclamation of the Gospel (Trial, Part 3)

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. ABSTRACT
A. APPRECIATION

>>1. PERMISSION
Acts 26:1 So Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched out his hand and made his defense:
>>2. PRELUDE
Acts 26:2-3 “I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am going to make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews today, especially because you are familiar with all the customs and controversies of the Jews. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently. (also Acts 9:15)

B. ABRIDGEMENT
>>1. PHARISEE
Acts 26:4-5 “My manner of life from my youth, spent from the beginning among my own nation and in Jerusalem, is known by all the Jews. They have known for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party of our religion I have lived as a Pharisee.
>>2. PROMISE
Acts 26:6-7 And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers, to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship night and day. And for this hope I am accused by Jews, O king! (also Dan 12:2; Job 14:14-15; 19:25-27)
>>3. PARADOX
Acts 26:8 Why does anyone think it incredible that God raises the dead? (Acts 17)

C. ACTIONS
>>1. PURSUIT
Acts 26:9-10 “I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. (also I Cor 15:9; I Tim 1:15)
>>2. PUNISH
Acts 26:11 And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried forcing them to blaspheme; in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities.

II. APPOINTMENT
A. ACCOUNT

>>1. PERCEPTION
Acts 26:12-13 “In this connection I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. At midday, O king, I saw on the road a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those with me. (also Is 9:2)
>>2. PERSECUTION
Acts 26:14-15 And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in Hebrew, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’
I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’
And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus Whom you are persecuting.

B. APPEARANCE
>>1. PROVISION
Acts 26:16-17a But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant [galley slave, under-rower] and witness to the things in which you have seen Me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles (also Lk 24:26-27’ Ps 22:69; Is 9:1-6; 52:13-53:12; Ezek 1:28)
>>2. POWER
Acts 26:17b-18 to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they receive forgiveness of sins by faith in Me, and a place among the holy ones.’ (also Is 42:6; II Cor 4:4; I Pet 1:4)

C. AUTHORITY
>>1. PROCLAMATION
Acts 26:19-20 “Therefore, O King Agrippa, I didn’t prove disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing works demonstrating their repentance. (also I Cor 9:16)
>>2. PROVIDENCE
Acts 26:21-23 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing except what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: that the Messiah must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, He would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”

III. APPEAL
A. ANALYSIS

>>1. PREPOSTEROUS
Acts 26:24 And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are raving like a maniac; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” (also I Cor 1:18)
>>2. PREMISE
Acts 26:25-26 But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. For King [Agrippa] knows about these things, and to him I speak confidently. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this wasn’t done in a corner.

B. APPLICATION
>>1. PROFESS
Acts 26:27 “King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.”
>>2. PERSUADE
Acts 26:28-29 And Agrippa answered Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?”
And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am – except for these chains.”

C. ARBITRATION
>>1. PROPOSAL
Acts 26:30-31 Then the king rose, and the governor and Bernice and those who were sitting with them. As they withdrew, they said to one another, “This man is doing nothing to deserve death or imprisonment.”
>>2. PRONOUNCEMENT
Acts 26:32 And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”


Acts 25:1-12 Festus (Trial, Part 2)

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Exposition of Acts: Festus (Trial, Part 2)

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. NEW POLITICIAN
A. STRONG PRESSURE

>>1. ORIENTATE
Acts 25:1 Just three days after Festus had arrived in the province, he went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea.
>>2. ENUMERATE
Acts 25:2-3a The chief priests and the principal men of the Jews laid out their case against Paul, and they urged him, asking as a favor against Paul that he summon him to Jerusalem

B. SHREWD PERCEPTION
>>1. ASSASSINATE
Acts 25:3b because they were planning an ambush to kill him on the way.
>>2. ALLOCATE
Acts 25:4-5 Festus replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea and that he himself intended to return there shortly. “So,” said he, “let the men of authority among you go down with me, and since there is wrong-doing with the man, let them bring charges against him.”

II. OLD CONFLICT
A. SEVERE PROTESTS

>>1. AJUDICATE
Acts 25:6 After he stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went back to Caesarea. And the next day he took his seat on the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought.
>>2. FABRICATE
Acts 25:7-8 When he had arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges against him that they could not prove. Paul argued in his defense, “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I committed any offense.”
(also Rev 12:10; Rom 8:33-34)

B. STUNNING PETITION
>>1. INFURIATE
Acts 25:9 But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, “Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem and there be tried on these charges before me?”
>>2. VINDICATE
Acts 25:10-11a But Paul said, “I’m now standing before Caesar’s tribunal, where I ought to be tried. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you yourself know very well. If then I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything for which I deserve to die, I do not seek to escape death. But if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can surrender me up to them.
>>3. STIPULATE
Acts 25:11b-12 “I appeal to Caesar.”
After conferring with his council, Festus answered, “To Caesar you have appealed; to Caesar you shall go.”

III. ADDED ASSISTANCE
A. SEASONED PARTNER

>>1. REITERATE
Acts 25:13-16 Now when some days had passed, Agrippa the king and Bernice arrived at Caesarea and greeted Festus. And as they stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying, “There is a man left prisoner by Felix, and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews laid out their case against him, asking for a sentence of condemnation against him. I answered them that it was not the custom of the Romans to give up anyone before the accused met the accusers face to face and had opportunity to make his defense concerning the charge laid against him.
>>2. COMMUNICATE
Acts 25:17-19 So when they came together here, I made no delay, but on the next day took my seat on the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought. When the accusers stood up, they brought no charge in his case of such evils as I expected. Rather they had certain points of dispute with him about their own superstitions and about a certain Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive.
>>3. SPECULATE
Acts 25:20-22 Being at a loss how to investigate these questions, I asked whether he wanted to go to Jerusalem and be tried there regarding them. But when Paul had appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of the emperor, I ordered him to be held until I could send him to Caesar.”
Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I would like to hear the man myself.”
“Tomorrow,” said he, “you will hear him.”

B. SUMMARY PROBLEM
>>1. DEMONSTRATE
Acts 25:23 So on the next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp, and they entered the audience hall with the military tribunes and the prominent men of the city. Then, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in.
>>2. ABROGATE
Acts 25:24-25 And Festus said, “King Agrippa and all who are present with us, you see this man about whom the whole Jewish people petitioned me, both in Jerusalem and here, shouting that he ought not to live any longer. But I found that he had done nothing deserving death. And as he himself appealed to the emperor, I decided to go ahead and send him.
>>3. CULMINATE
Acts 25:26-27 But I have nothing definite to write to my lord about him. Therefore I have brought him before you all, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that, after we have examined him, I may have something to write. For it seems to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to indicate the charges against him.”
(also II Cor 5:17 Rom 8:28)


Special Speaker – Levi Schmidt

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Special Speaker: Levi Schmidt

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A Sermon by Levi Schmidt, a college-aged young man who for many years has been an active part of Sovereign Grace Church and recently moved to Laramie, Wyoming. We welcome his “first sermon” and blessed by the work he did to uncover and explain God’s Word to us today.

“Fall of Man & Need of Grace”

Genesis 3:1-15
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'”
The serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
Adam said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
The man replied, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”
Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

1. SERPENT – usurping God’s authority
>>A. Symbolic/metaphor (Rev 12:7)
>>B. Literal (Micah 7:17)

2. FALL
>>A. Temptation (I Jn 2:15-17; Jn 8:44; Mt 4; Ps 58:3)
>>B. Blame Game – Willingly sinned, reject God’s leadership, Lost all the blessings
God wanted them to confess sin and repent

3. GOSPEL – First reference in the Bible
>>A. Hope (Gen 3:15) Satan trampled on man, now prophecy that Jesus would trample on Satan
>>B. Savior (Rom 5:12) Savior defeats Satan and salvation for sin is offered