Sermon Title: Never Stop Sharing Your Testimony, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Introduction: In today's text, Paul defends himself before Festus and Agrippa. Festus was a Roman procurator who succeeded Antonius Felix. As soon as Festus arrives in Judea, the chief priests bring up Paul's case. They bring up several false, but serious, charges against Paul. When Festus asks Paul if he is willing to go to Jerusalem for trial, Paul recognizes the danger of another conspiracy and appeals to Caesar. A few days later when Agrippa and his sister Bernice arrive, Festus asks for advice about the unfamiliar Jewish customs and beliefs, Festus is also confused about Paul’s claims concerning “a certain Jesus, who had died, whom Paul affirmed to be alive”. The next day all the important people in Caesarea assemble with the Roman administrators to witness the interrogation. Festus introduces Paul’s case and the apostle is then invited to speak out for himself. And so verse 12 begins Paul’s testimony and sharing of the truth of Jesus Christ.
its hard to fight against the will of God.
God has a plan and purpose for our life.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ, delivers, sets free, and gives eternal life to all who believes
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Scripture: Acts 27: 13-44
Sermon Title: Trusting in the Word of God in the Midst of the Storm
Introduction: Paul is taken by ship to Rome to have his case heard before Caesar. Because of the winds, they had sailed slowly for many days. Passing Crete with difficulty, they came to a place called Fair Havens. A lot of time has been spent and sailing became very dangerous. Paul advised them not to keep sailing saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.” Nevertheless the centurion chose to listen to the advice of the helmsman and the owner of the ship rather than Paul. And because the harbor was not a suitable place to winter in, they were advised to set sail for Phoenix, and spend the winter there. Along the way, Paul's prediction of disaster comes to pass, but he is able to persuade them to follow his advice because God had assured him that only the ship would be destroyed and no one would die. The important thing for us to see is the picture Luke gives of Paul. Although he is being taken under guard to Rome, his unshakable faith in God gives him a confidence which causes others to trust him even in the most dangerous situations.
The storms of life can cause some to lose hope
When the Lord tells us something, we can believe and trust in it
We must believe that God is faithful to his word
When we trust in God in the midst of our storm, and are still thankful unto God, others can be encouraged
1 Corinthians 6:19–20
Scripture: Acts 28:1-16
Sermon Title: Being About Our Father's Business and Bringing Glory to His Name
Introduction: Paul and the other shipwreck survivors winter on Malta, a small island about about sixty miles south of Sicily. Now shipwrecked on Malta, Paul is unharmed when bitten by a poisonous snake and he heals the sick on the island. Luke makes it clear that, even though he is a prisoner, Paul continues to display God’s powerful work and brings Glory to God.
We should always remember that we are servants of God
We should always welcome and be encouraging to one another
God is able to show us favor in the midst of being persecuted
Scripture: Acts 28:17-31
Sermon Title: Preaching and Teaching Jesus Christ
Introduction: When they arrive in Rome, they are met by Christians living in Rome. Paul is allowed to live in his own quarters with a military guard. For two years Paul waits for his case to be heard. He welcomes visitors to his home and shares the gospel with both Jews and Gentiles “with all confidence, no one forbidding him,” preaching the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sometimes we have to defend ourselves
We cannot stop trying to persuade people to believe in Jesus Christ
Some will believe in Jesus Christ and some will not
Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Sermon Title: Faithful to God Until the Very End
During the two years in Rome, Paul wrote Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon. During this time, he had Timothy with him as well as John Mark, Luke, Aristarchus, Epaphras, Justus, and Demas He also met Philemon’s runaway slave Onesimus and led him to faith in Christ . Epaphroditus brought a gift to him from the Philippian church and almost died ministering to Paul. Tychicus delivered some of Paul’s letters to the churches. Luke ends his book before Paul’s case is heard, so he did not give us the results of the trial. We know from other scripture references that Paul was released and that he resumed his ministry. During this period he wrote letters to Timothy and Titus. The New Testament does not record a ministry of Paul in Crete, but such passages as Titus 1:5 clearly indicate that he and Titus ministered there sometime after Paul’s release from his first imprisonment in Rome.
We have to fight the good fight of faith to the very end
The Lord will never leave us, nor forsake us
2 Timothy 4:16–18
2 Timothy 2:3–5; 8-9
1 Timothy 6:12
1 Corinthians 9:24–27
1 Peter 5:4
2 Timothy 4:11