Book of Acts Chapter Twenty-Eight (Part Two)

Introduction: A key idea in the book of Acts is that believers are to be witnesses for the Lord, everywhere we go. Today, we hope to discuss Paul in Rome.

Read Acts 28:17-31

9. Paul in Rome. In the book of Acts Paul calls the Jewish leaders together to try to set things straight. The Jewish leaders had not heard about Paul. Paul gave serious effort to helping them understand Jesus.

Some believed and some did not. Paul spent two years in his rented home preaching the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Applications -

- Making things right. Notice in vss. 17-20 of the book of Acts that Paul gave effort to trying to making things right with the Jews in Rome. Obviously, it takes more than one person’s effort to make things right.

However, as believers, we should be quick to try to make things right, instead of being the one that pouts and refuses to seek reconciliation. Worse than there being so much tension in our homes, churches, and communities is how difficult it is to get Christians to sit down and work towards reconciliation. Let’s work on trying to make things right.

- Some will believe and some will not. Notice in vs. 24 that some believed and some did not. We should expect that this will be the case with us, after we have shared the gospel with others. We cannot control how people respond to the word of God.

But we can control our efforts to make sure everyone has had an opportunity to hear and respond to the word of God. Let’s make sure we have been faithful in our witnessing, no matter how people respond.

- The danger of not receiving the word. Notice in vss. 26-27 of the book of Acts that those who don’t receive the word of God are the ones who miss out. In fact, those who rejected the word, in our text, missed out on being healed. In similar fashion, when a person fails to receive the word of God, that person is the one who misses out.

As the messenger, we may feel disappointed that our presentation did not help the person. But at the end of the day, God will bless our faithfulness and punish those who do not receive His word.

Let’s work on being faithful in witnessing and receiving God’s word.We should be very careful about allowing our dislike of the messenger to keep us from receiving the word. If the messenger is that distracting, we would do better to simply find a different messenger.

- God’s moving to plan B. Notice in vs. 28 that when the first group did not receive God’s word then God moved on to group two. On one hand, we should be thankful that God moved on to the second group, because we are in the second group (i.e., we who are not Jews).

On the other hand, it goes to show the danger of not accepting God’s word immediately. We never know when God is going to stop work on the first group and move on to the next group.  

Let’s be so appreciative of God allowing us to receive His word that we give our best to helping others receive it as well.

- Being faithful until the end. Notice in vss. 30-31 of the book of Acts that Paul was faithful until the end of the story. There are too many in our churches who start off well, but somewhere along the line, they stop being faithful. Instead of follow after such a terrible example, let’s follow Paul’s example and be faithful until the end.

For some of us, we may have to change our style and even the role that we play in Christian service. For example, some lead choir singers may become background singers or simply encouragers of those in the choir.

Some who used to be in charge of ministry for young people may become advisors and assistants. We need to find some way to keep making a contribution to the common good, until our journey is completed.

Conclusion: Let’s work on being witnesses for the Lord, everywhere we go. God has much for those who obey His will.

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