Summary: The scenario of Paul and Felix helps us to understand the importance of being a ring leader for the Lord, the importance of keeping a clear conscience with God and others, the importance of being a Christian witness and the importance of possessing the qu
Fly High Acts part 22
Thesis: The scenario of Paul and Felix helps us to understand the importance of being a ring leader for the Lord, the importance of keeping a clear conscience with God and others, the importance of being a Christian witness and the importance of possessing the quality of integrity.
Scripture Text: Acts 24
The Holy Bible, New International Version.
Ac 24:1 Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor.
Ac 24:2 When Paul was called in, Tertullus presented his case before Felix: “We have enjoyed a long period of peace under you, and your foresight has brought about reforms in this nation.
Ac 24:3 Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude.
Ac 24:4 But in order not to weary you further, I would request that you be kind enough to hear us briefly.
Ac 24:5 “We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect
Ac 24:6 and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him.
Ac 24:8 By examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him.”
Ac 24:9 The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.
Ac 24:10 When the governor motioned for him to speak, Paul replied: “I know that for a number of years you have been a judge over this nation; so I gladly make my defense.
Ac 24:11 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
Ac 24:12 My accusers did not find me arguing with anyone at the temple, or stirring up a crowd in the synagogues or anywhere else in the city.
Ac 24:13 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me. j
Ac 24:14 However, I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets,
Ac 24:15 and I have the same hope in God as these men, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.
Ac 24:16 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
Ac 24:17 “After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor and to present offerings.
Ac 24:18 I was ceremonially clean when they found me in the temple courts doing this. There was no crowd with me, nor was I involved in any disturbance.
Ac 24:19 But there are some Jews from the province of Asia, who ought to be here before you and bring charges if they have anything against me.
Ac 24:20 Or these who are here should state what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin—
Ac 24:21 unless it was this one thing I shouted as I stood in their presence: ‘It is concerning the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today.’ ”
Ac 24:22 Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way, adjourned the proceedings. “When Lysias the commander comes,” he said, “I will decide your case.”