Misunderstanding & Defence (Acts 21:27-22:22)

One of the biggest challenges facing the Christian faith today is this: people misunderstand it. Sure, in some places, people haven’t heard of Jesus; that’s a big issue. But often, even where people know about Christianity, they don’t know what it really is. So people think that Christianity is a list of rules that stop people from having fun. Or it’s a bunch of myths that science has disproved.

So, when people misunderstand your faith, where do you start? That’s the issue at the heart of this passage in Acts 21-22. And they teach us three principles for when people misunderstand your faith:

  1. Expect to be Misunderstood (21:27-36)
  2. Be Prepared to Give a Defence (21:37-22:2)
  3. Use the Opportunity to Proclaim Jesus (22:3-22)

Sunday 15th September 2019

Review Questions:

  • Who caused the riot (21:27)?
  • What did they disagree with Paul about (21:28)?
  • What do people today disagree about with Christian teaching?
  • Why does Paul want to speak (22:1)?
  • How does Paul defend himself (22:1-18)?
  • What changed Paul (22:7-8)?
  • How can I be forgiven (22:16)?
  • Who sent Paul to the Gentiles (22:14-15, 18, 21)?
  • We can say, ‘I am one of you, but I met _______________________________’
  • A question I have:
  • A truth to share:
  • Something to pray about:
  • How I should live:

Published by Stephen McDonald

Christian, preacher, broadcaster

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