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


Elder Jim Garbutt: “Doers” of the Word

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Elder Jim Garbutt: James 1

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

Review: James 1:21-22
Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
1. Before the Church Service – Put away the world . . .
2. During the Church Service – Receive the Word . . .
3. After the Church Service – Do the Word . . .

Focus this message on verse 22, “Be doers of the Word”

I. WHAT IS A “DOER” OF THE WORD?
A. ESSENTIALS of a “Doer”
Scriptures interwoven: Josh 1:7-8; Psalm 119:166; Ezek. 11:19-20; Mt 7:21-24; Jn 4:32-34; 12:50; 15:10

B. EXTENT of a “Doer”
First, in sharing the Gospel with others
Then, integrated into all of life. No distinction of sacred and secular. Let the Word penetrate all of life.

II. HOW DO I BECOME A “DOER” OF THE WORD?
A. Make “Doing” PERSONAL
Rom 12:1-2
Christ is the ultimate objective of life, not myself

B. Keep “Doing” PRAYERFUL
Ps 119:5
Ask self what can we do? Where is the power to do the work?

C. Own “Doing” as PURPOSEFUL
Eph 2:10
Works don’t save, but they demonstrate salvation and are important

D. Discover “Doing” as PRAISEFUL
Ps 119:6-7
Goal of many is to find satisfaction in life. Just do it.


Acts 24:1-27 Felix (Trial, Part 1)

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Exposition of Acts: Felix (Trial, Part 1)

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

I. CASE FOR THE PROSECUTION
A. ASSEMBLED CAST

>>1. COURTROOM
Acts 24:1 And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before the governor their case against Paul.
>>2. FLATTERY
Acts 24:2-4 And when he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying: “Since through you we enjoy much peace, and since by your foresight, most excellent Felix, reforms are being made for this nation, in every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude. But, to detain you no further, I beg you in your kindness to hear us briefly.
(also Rom 16:18; Jude 16)

B. ALLEGATIONS
>>1. COMPLIMENT
Acts 24:5 For we have found this man a pest, one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.
>>2. TERRORIST
Acts 24:6 He even attempted to profane the temple, but we seized him and would have judged according to our law,

C. ACCUSAL
>>1. DEFAMATION
Acts 24:7-8 but Tribune Lysias attacked us, violently removing him from our hands, and commanding his accusers to come to you. By examining him yourself you will be able to find out from him about everything of which we accuse him.”
>>2. SYCOPHANTS
Acts 24:9 The Jews also joined in the charge, affirming that all these things were so.

II. CASE FOR THE DEFENSE
A. APOLOGY

>>1. FORMAL INTRODUCTION
Acts 24:10 And when the governor had nodded to him to speak, Paul replied: “Knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defense.
>>2. VERIFICATION
Acts 24:11-13 You can verify that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship in Jerusalem, and they did not find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the temple or in the synagogues or in the city. Neither can they prove to you what they now bring up against me.

B. ACTIONS
>>1. TESTIMONY
Acts 24:14-16 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust. So, I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.
(also Jn 14:6; Acts 9:2; 19:2,23; 22:4; 24:22)
>>2. RATIONALE
Acts 24:17-19 Now after several years I came to bring alms to my nation and to present offerings. While I was doing this, they found me purified in the temple, without any crowd or tumult. But some Jews from Asia – THEY ought to be here before you and to make an accusation, should they have anything against me.
(also Gal 2:10; Rom 15:26; II Cor 8-9)
>>3. EVIDENCE
Acts 24:20-21 Or else let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found when I stood before the council, other than this one thing that I cried out while standing among them: ‘It is with respect to the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you this day.'”

III. CASE COMMITTED TO THE JUDGE
A. AVOIDANCE

>>1. LEGAL VERDICT
Acts 24:22 But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of the Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your case.”
>>2. MONITOR PRISONER
Acts 24:23 Then he gave orders to the centurion that he should be kept in custody but have some liberty, and that none of his friends should be prevented from attending to his needs.

B. ADVICE
>>1. SPIRITUAL VERDICT
Acts 24:24 After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus.
>>2. MESSAGE
Acts 24:25a And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment
(also Jn 16:8-11)
>>3. RESPONSE
Acts 24:25b Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity, I will summon you.”
(also II Cor 6:2)

C. AVARICE
>>1. HEART MOTIVATION
Acts 24:26 At the same time he hoped that money would be given him by Paul. He sent for him often and conversed with him.
>>2. CURRY FAVOR
Acts 24:27 When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And desiring to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison.
(also Ps 27:14)


Acts 23:12-35 Favorable Intervention

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Exposition of Acts: Favorable Intervention

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

I. MAN’S PLOT
A. PLAN

>>1. CONSPIRACY
Acts 23:12-13 When morning came, the Jews made a plot and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. (There were more than forty who made this conspiracy.)
(II Tim 3:12; Rom 10:2)
>>2. COLLUSION
Acts 23:14-15 They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food till we have killed Paul. Now therefore you, along with the council, give notice to the tribune to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case more exactly. And we are ready to kill him before he comes near.”

B. PERMISSION
>>1. CONFESS
Acts 23:16-17 Now Paul’s nephew heard of their ambush, so he entered the barracks and told Paul. Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the tribune, for he has something to tell him.”
(Prov 9:10; Jas 1:5)
>>2. CONFIDENTIAL
Acts 23:18-19 So he took him to the tribune and said, “Paul the prisoner asked me to bring this young man to you, as he has something important to tell you.”
The tribune took him by the hand, and going aside asked him privately, “What is it that you have to tell me?”

>>3. CONFIRMATION
Acts 23:20-21 And he said, “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire somewhat more closely about him. But do not be persuaded by them, for more than forty of their men are lying in ambush for him, who have bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they have killed him. Even now they are waiting your agreement.”

C. PROVISION
>>1. COMMAND
Acts 23:22 So the tribune dismissed the young man, charging him, “Tell no one that you have informed me of these things.”
>>2. COMPANY
Acts 23:23-24 Then he called two of the centurions and said, “Get ready two hundred soldiers, two hundred lancers and seventy cavalry to leave at 9:00 pm and go to Caesarea. Also, provide mounts for Paul to ride and take him safely to Felix the governor.”

II. GOD’S PROVIDENCE
A. PETITION

>>1. CONTENT
Acts 23:25-28 And he wrote a letter to this effect: “Claudius Lysias, to his Excellency the governor Felix, greetings.
This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them when I came upon them with the soldiers and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman citizen. And desiring to know the charge for which they were accusing him, I brought him down to their council.

>>2. CONCLUSION
Acts 23:29-30 I found that he was being accused about questions of their law but charged with nothing deserving death or imprisonment. And when it was disclosed to me that there would be a plot against the man, I immediately sent him to you, ordering his accusers also to state before you charges they have against him.”

B. PROGRESS
>>1. CONVOY
Acts 23:31-33 So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul through the night to Antipatris. The following day they returned to the barracks, letting the cavalry go on alone with him.
(I Sam 4:1-10)
>>2. CONVEYANCE
Acts 23:33 When they reached Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor and also presented Paul before him.

C. PAUSE
>>1. CONDITION
Acts 23:34 On reading the letter, he asked what province he was from. And when he learned that he was from Cilicia,
>>2. CONSEQUENCES
Acts 23:35 he said, “I will give you a hearing when your accusers arrive.” And he commanded him to be guarded in Herod’s praetorium.
(Acts 9:15; Rom 8:28)


Acts 22:22-23:11 Following the Law

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Exposition of Acts: Following the Law

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

I. JUDGED BY ROME
A. DANGER WITH THE MOB

>>1. RIOTED
Acts 22:22 Up to this word [Gentiles] they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth! He should not be allowed to live.”
>>2. RESCUED
Acts 22:23-24 And as they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and
flinging dust into the air, the tribune ordered him taken to the barracks, saying that he should be examined by flogging, to find out why they were shouting against him like this.
(also II Cor 11:24-25)

B. DANGER WITH THE SOLDIERS
>>1. REALIZED
Acts 22:25-26 But when they had stretched him out for the whips, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it lawful for you to flog a man who is a Roman citizen and uncondemned?” When the centurion heard this, he went to the tribune and said to him, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen.” (also Acts 21:33)
>>2. RELEASED
Acts 22:27-29 So the tribune came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” And he said, “Yes.”
The tribune answered, “I bought my citizenship for a large sum.” Paul said, “But I am a citizen by birth.”
So those who were about to examine him withdrew from him immediately, and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him.

II. JUDGED BY JEWS
A. DANGER WITH THE GOVERNMENT

>>1. REASONED
Acts 22:30 But on the next day, desiring to know the real reason why Paul was being accused by the Jews, he unbound him and ordered the chief priests and all the council to meet, then he brought Paul down and set him before them. (also Acts 26:10; 9:15-16)
>>2. REHEARSED
Acts 23:1 And looking intently at the council, Paul said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.” (also I Cor 4:4)

B. DANGER WITH THE HIGH PRIEST
>>1. REACTED
Acts 23:2-3 And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.
Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to Torah, and then contrary to Torah you order me to be struck?”
(also Deut 25:1-2)
>>2. REVILED
Acts 23:4-5 Those who stood by said, “Would you revile God’s high priest?”
And Paul said, “I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.'”
(also Ex 22:28 Gal 4:14-15; 6:11)

III. JUDGED BY GOD
A. DANGER WITH THE SANHEDRIN

>>1. RESUMED
Acts 23:6-7 Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.”
And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was torn apart.

>>2. RESPONDED
Acts 23:8-9 (For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, angels, or spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.) Then a great outcry arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees’ party stood up and contended sharply, “We find nothing wrong in this man. What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?” (also Acts 5:38-9)

B. DANGER WITH THE FUTURE
>>1. RESCUED (AGAIN)
Acts 23:10 And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be ripped to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him away from among them by force and bring him into the barracks. (also Acts 24:20-21)
>>2. REASSURED
Acts 23:11a The following night the Lord stood by him
>>3. RECOMMISSIONED
Acts 23:11b and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about Me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.” (also Mt 9:2, 22; 14:27; Jn 16:33; Acts 19:21; Rom 1:10)


Acts 21:27-22:29 Facts of the Case

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Exposition of Acts: Facts of the Case

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

I. ALARM
A. ASSUMPTION

>>1. ABOUT REPORTS
Acts 21:27-28a When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, yelling, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against the people and the law and this place. “ (also Acts 6:13)
>>2. ABOUT DEFILEMENT
Acts 21:28b-29 Moreover, he even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city and assumed Paul had brought him into the temple. (also Acts 20:3)

B. FACT
>>1. ABOUT THE MOB
Acts 21:30-31 Then all the city was stirred up, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut. And as they were seeking to kill him, word came to the tribune of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. (also Acts 19)
>>2. ABOUT RESCUE
Acts 21:32 At once he took soldiers and centurions and ran down to them. And when they saw the officer and soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. (also Acts 14)

II. ARREST
A. ASSUMPTION

>>1. ABOUT CRIME
Acts 21:33-34 Then the tribune came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. He inquired who he was and what he had done. Some in the crowd were shouting one thing, some another. As he could not learn the facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into the barracks. (also Acts 21:11)
>>2. ABOUT VIOLENCE
Acts 21:35-36 When he came to the steps, he was actually carried by the soldiers because of the frenzy of the crowd, for the mob of people followed, screaming, “Away with him!” (also Acts 7:54-8:1; Lk 23:18)

B. FACT
>>1. ABOUT IDENTITY
Acts 21:37-38 As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the tribune, “May I say something to you?” And he said, “Do you know Greek? Aren’t you the Egyptian who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out into the wilderness?” (also Lk 6:15; Acts 1:13)
>>2. ABOUT TRUTH
Acts 21:39 Paul replied, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no obscure city. I beg you, permit me to speak to the people.”

III. APPEAL
A. ASSUMPTION

>>1. ABOUT DEFENSE
Acts 21:40-22:1 When he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the steps, motioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great hush, he addressed them in Aramaic (dialect of Hebrew), saying, “Brothers and fathers, hear the defense that I now make before you.” (also Rom 9:1-5; 8:29; Phil 3:10)
>>2. ABOUT HERITAGE
Acts 22:2-3 When they heard him addressing them in Aramaic, they became quieter. He continued, “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated at the feet of Gamaliel according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God as all of you are this day.

Acts 9 account is Luke’s story of Paul’s conversion
Acts 22 is Paul telling the story to persuade the Jews
Acts 26 is Paul telling the story to persuade Gentiles
Phil 3 is Paul telling the story for theological content
I Tim 1 is Paul telling the story to give encouragement

B. FACT
>>1. ABOUT ZEAL
Acts 22:4-5 I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women, as the high priest and Sanhedrin testify. From them I received letters to the brothers, and I journeyed toward Damascus to take those also who were there and bring them in bonds to Jerusalem to be punished.
>>2. ABOUT THE LIGHT
Acts 22:6-10 As I was on my way and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone around me. And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’
I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’
And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, Whom you are persecuting.’
Now those who were with me saw the light but did not understand the voice of the one who was speaking to me. Then I asked, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’
And the Lord said to me, ‘Rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do.’

IV. ACCOUNT
A. ASSUMPTION

>>1. ABOUT REPUTATION
Acts 22:11-13 And since I could not see because of the brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me and came into Damascus. And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, well-spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, came to me, and standing by me said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And at that very hour I received my sight and saw him.
>>2. ABOUT IMPACT
Acts 22:14-16 He said, ‘The God of our fathers appointed you to know His will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from His mouth, for you will be a witness for Him to everyone of what you have seen and heard. Now, why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’

B. FACT
>>1. ABOUT TESTIMONY
Acts 22:17-20 “When I had returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance and saw Him saying to me, ‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about Me.’
But I said, ‘Lord, they themselves know that in one synagogue after another I imprisoned and beat those who believed in You. And when the blood of Stephen Your witness was being shed, I myself was standing by and approving, even watching over the garments of those who killed him.’

>>2. ABOUT COMMISSION
Acts 22:21 And He said to me, ‘Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.'”


Acts 21:17-26 Feeling of Humility & Joy

Posted: June 7th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Acts 21:17-26 Feeling of Humility & Joy

Exposition of Acts: Feeling of Humility & Joy

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

I. CARE FROM GENTILE CHRISTIANS
A. MOVE

>>1. ARRIVAL
Acts 21:17 When we arrived in Jerusalem, the brothers received us gladly.
(also Acts 24:17; II Cor 8:20)
>>2. AUDIENCE
Acts 21:18 On the next day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.
(also Acts 15:4, 12; Heb 11:2; Jas 5:14)

B. MEETING
>>1. ACCOUNT
Acts 21:19 After greeting them, he related in detail the things that God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.
>>2. APPRECIATE
Acts 21:20a And when they heard it, they glorified God.

II. CONFUSION OF JEWISH CHRISTIANS
A. MANNER

>>1. ARDENT
Acts 21:20b And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews who have believed. They all zealously keep the law,
(also Zech 12:10; Rom 14:1-4)
>>2. ALLUDE
Acts 21:21 and they’ve repeated rumors that you’re teaching all the Jews in Gentile lands to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or walk according to our customs.

B. METHOD
>>1. APPEAL
Acts 21:22 What then is to be done? They will certainly hear that you’ve arrived.
(also Rom 14:5-6)
>>2. ADVICE
Acts 21:23a Therefore, do what we advise you.

III. COMMAND FOR BOTH GENTILE/JEWISH CHRISTIANS
A. MENTION

>>1. ASSISTANCE
Acts 21:23b-24a We have four men who are under a vow; take these men and purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses, so that they may shave their heads.
(also Acts 18:18; Num 6:1-6; Judges 13)
>>2. ANSWER
Acts 21:24b Thus all will know that there is no substance in what they have been told about you, but that you yourself also live in observance of the law.
(also I Cor 9:19-20)

B. MOVEMENT
>>1. ABSTAIN
Acts 21:25 But as for the Gentiles who have believed, we have sent a letter with our judgment that they should abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality.”
(also Acts 15:19-29)
>>2. ACTION
Acts 21:26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day he purified himself along with them and went into the Temple, giving notice when the days of purification would be fulfilled, and the sacrifice offered for each one of them.
(also Ps 64:9-10)


Special Spealer – James Garbutt

Posted: May 31st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Special Spealer – James Garbutt

Preparation is Necessary

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A Sermon by Bro. James Garbutt, Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

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I. PREPARATION BEFORE THE SERMON
James 1:21a Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness
**CLEANSE YOUR HEART
Not just outward, but inward cleansing of thoughts, acts, life, habitual sins
I Samuel 16:7; Rev 5:11-14; Rom 8:13-17
“Lay aside” = “throw and go”
This is a COMMAND to “Do” . . .
Antithesis of this command is a WARNING “If you don’t” . . .

II. PREPARATION DURING THE SERMON
James 1:21b and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
**RECEIVE HIS WORD
Humility = “teachable”
Hosea 12:10
To gain a harvest you must break of unplowed ground

III. PREPARATION AFTER THE SERMON
James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
**DO WHAT GOD SAYS
Far better than just ‘hearing’ the Word and being self-deceived into thinking we’re okay
How as the sermon? Preaching might be over, but the doing has just begun