Defending Hope (Acts 25:23-26:32)

This past Sunday, we continued our series through the Book of Acts by looking at Paul standing trial before King Agrippa. In this passage, Paul provides us an example of what it looks like to defend the hope that is in us in a respectful, humble, and clear way.

The sermon discussion guide can be found below the video. We will be meeting on Wednesday, April 28th at 8:30pm via Zoom to discuss the questions – all are invited to join us! Connection info can be found on our website – www.renovationchurchsd.com

Acts 25:23-26:32

Before working on this discussion guide, please do the following:

1. Watch the message from this past Sunday if you were unable to attend the online service. You can find the message on our Facebook Page and on our website (renovationchurchsd.com).

2. Spend 5 minutes or so in prayer. You can either pray through the “Lord’s Prayer” or simply share what is on your heart. It is also good to spend at least 1 full minute in silence so that God can quiet your heart and mind as you prepare to study the Scriptures.

Discussion Questions

1. Read slowly and prayerfully through Acts 25:23-26:32. What themes stand out to you? What questions do you have about this passage?

2. In the beginning of this passage, we see that what Satan meant for harm (namely, having Paul arrested and put on trial) God uses for the advance of the Gospel by providing Paul with an audience consisting of royalty and prominent leaders. What are some other stories in Scripture that highlight this reality? 

3. The entirety of this passage is oriented around Paul making a defense of his faith. He is living out Peter’s instructions found in 1 Peter 3:13-17 – read through this passage. What stands out to you from Peter’s instruction? What are some practical ways we can live it out today? 

4. Paul begins his defense by showing sincere respect for King Agrippa. What are some practical ways we can show respect and honor those around us when we are given the opportunity to share about Jesus? 

5. Much of Paul’s defense is him sharing his story. He begins by sharing what he was like before he met Jesus, his experience with Jesus, and then the difference Jesus made in his life. If someone were to ask you, “How has Jesus change your life?” – how would you respond? 

6. One of the roles Jesus gave Paul (and all of us) is to open the eyes of the spiritually blind. To fully understand what this means, read 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 – what stands out to you? Practically speaking, how do we open the eyes of those who have been blinded by the “god of this age”? 

7. Finally, what is at least one way you are seeking to apply this passage to your life this week? 

Published by tylerramsbey

I am a Christian, Husband, Pastor, and Scholar. I desire to know Jesus and to make Him known.

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