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Powered by 4 - April 19, 2012

  • 2012 Apr 19

Witnessing Lessons

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Acts 24     And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before the governor their case against Paul...

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Paul is in Roman custody before the governor, Felix in Acts 24, and a slick talking hired gun for the Jews has presented a completely bogus, trumped up case against Paul. As is typical, Paul keeps his cool and calmly and logically addresses and rebuts every false charge. Felix doesn't "buy into" the case against Paul so he sends the Jews away, but keeps Paul in custody (odd, don't you think?) It's what follows, though, that caught my attention today. 

In verses 24-27 we see that Paul met with Felix and his wife and talked about faith in Jesus. We also see that Paul met regularly over a period of two years with Felix freely discussing spiritual matters with him. That's pretty amazing--while in custody, Paul witnessed to Felix over and over. And verse 25 shows us that Felix absolutely listened and considered what Paul had to tell him. 

Acts 24 doesn't tell us whether Felix ever made a decision to follow Christ. My guess is that he didn't. That had to be disappointing for Paul after he was so diligent in proclaiming Jesus during his imprisonment. Plus, I have to think that on some level, Felix and Paul became friends. 

So take a few minutes today and consider Acts 24 with a focus on witnessing. What did you see? And how will you draw on it going forward? Tami W.

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