Christmas is a time of repetition: the favourite carols and the familiar Christmas story. By December, the TV channels have pulled their original content and put on repeats. We repeat the stress, the busyness.
And Acts 26 could seem like another repeat. This is Paul’s fifth trial. And it’s the third time Luke records Paul’s conversion. Was he being paid by the word?
No, Paul turns to his conversion for two reasons: to defend his ministry and to persuade his judges to believe. The repeat underlines what it means to be a Christian. The repeat tells us why we should be Christians. The repeat shows us how to be a Christian:
- Hope in God’s Promise (v1-8)
- Receive God’s Forgiveness (v9-18)
- Demonstrate Your Repentance (v19-23)
- Are You Persuaded to Believe? (v24-32)
Sunday 15th December 2019
- Paul was _____________________ (v4-5)
- What is God’s promise (v6-8, Daniel 12:2)?
- Where will Christians be before the resurrection (Philippians 1:23 & 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)?
- Who sins (Romans 3:23)?
- What is sin (v14)?
- We receive forgiveness when we ________________________ (v20, 17:30)
- “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found __________________________; and left _____________.” (G.K. Chesterton).
- Who is Jesus?
- Shame, regret, embarrassment, and apologies are not _____________ (v18)
- Forgiveness is a ______________ (v18)
- A question I have:
- A truth to share:
- Something to pray about:
- How I will change: