Setting the example Jesus left for us to follow
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Paul's trial before Festus and Agrippa
Our Weekly Bible Study begins with us reading the assigned scripture ahead of time and preparing our hearts for study and discussion. When we meet (virtually or in person) we first read the scripture as a group, and then take turns sharing and discussing what impacted us the most, and our general interpretation of what we read.
Making Notes as we go through Bible Study is always encouraged, as it helps to increase our understanding of what we have read, and also allows us to become more comfortable and familiar with the Bible.
To make participation easier and more memorable for our younger children, we will include a link to Storybook Bible images of the readings whenever these are available.
This week’s virtual Bible Study focused on Acts 25. After praying and reading through the chapters, we discussed the verses at length, and shared our personal views on what we had read.
Points to Note:
Verse 3: The Jews wanted to kill Paul because they were afraid of losing control. It is important not to become a prisoner to control, as this was what led to the anger and bitterness that we read about throughout the Book of Acts. Bitterness is a dangerous emotion, it affects the person who is carrying it even more than it affects those around him or her.
Verse 5: God is providentially protecting Paul, so the Governor answers the Jews correctly.
Verse 7: The Jews could not prove any of their charges against Paul.
Verse 8: Paul was confident in his innocence; he knew that there was no truth to their accusations. When we are standing in God’s truth, there is an unshakeable confidence that is evident to all.
Verses 9: We are reminded in this verse that bribery can be cash or kind; Festus’ actions were based on the fact that he wanted to do the Jews a favor, just as so many other rulers before him had done.
Verse 10: Paul once again knows and asserts his rights.
Verse 11: Paul is unafraid of death; self had completely been slain. He knows that his heart is right with the Lord, and that he stands in truth. This is a powerful, freeing place for every believer in Christ to be.
Verse 16: Roman laws forbade them to sentence prisoners to death without them first being allowed to speak in their own defense.
As you read through this week’s Bible passage, ask yourself:
What are MY thoughts on what I am reading?
How can I apply this to MY life?
Images Courtesy of: Sweet Publishing / FreeBibleimages.org.
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