Preacher: Joel Fair
I. Paul before the Council/Sanhedrin 22:30-23:11
II. The Lord reveals himself to Paul again 23:11
III. A Plot to Kill Paul and God’s Rescue 23:12-35
IV. Paul and the Governors 24:1-25:12
A. Compelling Story But how does it Apply to Me?
B. God is Sovereign and in Control
C. As We Proclaim the Truth of God’s Word We WILL Experience Trials
D. Be Glad and Rejoice
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
2 Corinthians 11:23-28
Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
Tony Merida Exalting Jesus in Acts
“The names of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit aren’t mentioned in these verses—it’s a notable absence that reminds me of the book of Esther. In that book, too, the name of God is missing, but his fingerprints are everywhere within the story. God works in various ways to accomplish his purposes, even when we can’t see him. In this passage the same Lord who promised that Paul would get to Rome works through people and circumstances to accomplish his agenda. We sometimes think God isn’t working when we don’t see visible signs of his sovereignty. But never mistake the lack of the spectacular for the inactivity of God. His quiet, invisible hand is always at work.”
CELEBRATE Who God Is
Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery
CONNECT Our Need for Christ
Your Grace Is Enough
COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion
CONTRIBUTION of Praise
Read Acts 23:12-35 together and look for the sovereignty of God in the story? I found this question from Tony Merida in his commentary Exalting Jesus in Acts to be very challenging - Do you find it easier to affirm the sovereignty of God theoretically rather than resting in the sovereignty of God experientially? Explain your answer.
One of the songs we sing together during our Celebration Service is called Rejoice and the final chorus says -
When you cry to Him He hears your voice
He will wipe away your tears
In the midst of suffering
He will help you sing
How is it that Christ helps us sing in the midst of suffering?
Have you noticed that at CPCoast our normal practice is to preach straight through a book or passage of scripture? What has your experience been with this type of “consecutive expository” preaching? Do you have any questions or thoughts?