You Are Never Alone When You Stand Up For Jesus (Acts 22:30-23:11)Gus Gill, September 9, 2018
Part of the Book of Acts series
Acts 22: 30 - Acts 23: 11.
Introduction- Acts 22: 30 - Acts 23: 11.
1. An unexpected opportunity to testify.
A. Paul could have easily died three times.
B. The council.
C. A clear conscience before God. 2 Corinthians 1: 12.
2. A unlawful rebuke.
A. Being struck in the mouth.
B. An angry reaction by Paul.
C. A repentant and submissive response to Truth.
3. A divisive truth- the resurrection of the dead.
A. A great argument.
B. The Pharisees and the Sadduccees and their beliefs.
C. Believing in the resurrection of Jesus separates us from the world.
4. A personal word of exhortation and encouragement from Jesus.
A. Take courage. Joshua 1: 5-7, 9. Deuteronomy 31: 6.
B. Be of good cheer. Romans 1: 11- 13.
1. We must open our mouths and testify about the resurrection and believe Jesus
is with you. Matthew 28: 18-20.
2. Two evaluation questions. First, Does your marriage or if you are not married ,
does your life reflect the supernatural or the materialistic and natural?
Second, Are you listening to the Lord and obeying Him? James 1: 22.
30On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his bands, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down, and set him before them. 23:1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day. 2And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth. 3Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? 4And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high priest? 5Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people. 6But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. 7And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. 8For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both. 9And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God. 10And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle. 11And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome. (KJV)
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