Wednesday: Paul in Rome, Finally
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Paul in Rome

After three months in Malta, Paul and his companions were finally able to continue their journey (Acts 28:11). They arrived in Puteoli (Acts 28:13)—modern Pozzuoli, in the Bay of Naples—from where they would travel to Rome by road (see Acts 28:11-16). The news of Paul’s approach quickly reached Rome, and from there a group of believers traveled several miles … [Click to read more …]

Journey to Rome
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Key Thought:  Acts ends with Paul’s journey to Rome. Paul perseveres through chains, shipwreck, and rejection by Jewish leaders. The only way the message is stopped is in the lives of those who reject it. Lesson 13, September 29, 2018 1. Have a volunteer read Acts 27:20-24. Ask class members to share a thought on what … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Journey to Rome (Sept 29, ’18)
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Journey to Rome” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Shipwreck
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Shipwreck

In his second intervention in the story, Paul assured all who were on board—276 people altogether (Acts 27:37)—that, though not everything would come out fine, there would be no casualties; only the ship would go down (Acts 27:22). Fourteen days later, the apostle’s words were fulfilled. Still under a terrible storm and with the ship completely adrift, … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Sailing to Rome
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Sailing to Rome

After about two years of confinement in Caesarea (Acts 24:27), Paul was to be sent to Rome. Judging by the first person plural and the richness of details used to describe the long and turbulent sea journey to Italy (Acts 27:1-28:16), Luke was accompanying Paul, as was another Christian named Aristarchus (Acts 27:2). Another important character in the … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Journey to Rome
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Read for This Week’s Study: Acts 27, Acts 28, Rom. 1:18-20. Memory Text: “Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar” (Acts 27:24, ESV). Paul had long wished to visit Rome, but his arrest in Jerusalem changed everything. By giving in to the legalistic pressure of the Jerusalem church leaders, he ended up in Roman custody for … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Confinement in Caesarea
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Spectacles on Bible

Further Thought: “Did the mind of Agrippa at these words revert to the past history of his family, and their fruitless efforts against Him whom Paul was preaching? Did he think of his great-grandfather Herod, and the massacre of the innocent children of Bethlehem? of his great-uncle Antipas, and the murder of John the Baptist? of … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Paul Before the Leaders
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Before Festus

Although Paul was speaking to Agrippa, Festus was the first to react, as seen in Acts 26:24. Festus would have had no problem if Paul had spoken about the immortality of the soul, but even the ancient Greco-Romans knew that both concepts—immortality and resurrection—do not go along well with one other. Thus, they kept the former … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Paul’s Defense
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With the scene set and the royal guests seated alongside the governor, the prisoner was brought in to present his defense, which was aimed primarily at Agrippa, as Festus had already heard it before (Acts 25:8-11). Read Acts 26:1-23. What was Paul doing in his speech before Agrippa? Paul’s speech was in fact an autobiographical report of … [Click to read more …]