As the book of Acts comes to a close, the focus zooms in on the Apostle Paul. The scene, however, moves away from Paul on the offensive and moves towards Paul on the defensive. While in Jerusalem, Paul is assaulted, arrested, and experiences a total of five trials. The first trial takes places in Jerusalem in front of a Jewish crowd at the temple, the second before the Supreme Jewish Council in Jerusalem, the third and fourth before Felix and Festus (procurators of Judea) in Caesarea, and the fifth, also in Caesarea, before King Herod Agrippa II. Paul spends two years in prison and is then transferred to Rome where he spends an additional two years under house-arrest, writing New Testament letters such as Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon and proclaiming the gospel to all who will listen. This somewhat anticlimactic ending reminds us that the story that started in Acts 1 doesn’t end in Acts 28. Jesus is continuing his mission on planet earth through his Church.
Andrew Burkhart concludes this series by showing how, 2,000 years later, Jesus is still changing people and using us to continue the mission he began in Acts. Click HERE to download the study guide.
Andrew Burkhart teaches from Acts 19 on a revival that happens in the city of Ephesus. What can we learn from the Ephesians to bring a move of God to our city? Click HERE to download the study guide.
Andrew Burkhart teaches from Acts 17. Paul is in Athens, which is full of idols, and he takes the opportunity to share the gospel. Have you embraced where God has placed you? Are you on mission there? Click HERE to… Read more »
In Acts 16, Paul and Silas are beaten and jailed. At midnight, they pray and sing hymns to God and are delivered from prison. Josh Kouri reminds us that midnight comes for everyone, but that, with Jesus, deliverance is guaranteed… Read more »
Josh Kouri picks up our series in Acts 13 and 14. Paul’s first missionary journey is full of opposition and struggle, but is also surrounded and encouraged by others. When things get difficult in your life, how will you remain… Read more »