Paul’s Speech in Jerusalem (Acts 22)

Paul’s Speech in Jerusalem (Acts 22)

Sermon Notes – Acts 22 Paul’s Speech in Jerusalem

Background: Acts 21 – 1) Paul goes back to Jerusalem with many warnings of the troubles that he will suffer. 2)  At his arrival, he visits James, tells the church all the things the Lord has been doing in all the regions and James invites him to goes to the temple to be purified to not be an stumbling block to the believing Jews.3) as he is in the temple he gets arrested and mistreated so the Romans have to intervene and rescue him. 4) as he is taken he asks permission to speak and he starts a speech in the Hebrew tongue.

This Chapter is divided in 2 main parts

  1. V. 1 – 21 Paul’s narrative of his conversion
  2. V. 22 – 29 Jews rejecting him and the Romans about to flog him

Part 1: V. 1 – 21 Paul’s narrative of his conversion

Intro : i.e – Learning to talk dog is like speaking English in China

Paul will give us tips for evangelism / sharing our faith

Ch. 21:40-41 Paul receives permission to address the people and he does it in the Hebrew tongue.

APPLICATION: Our need to speak up in a way that people can understand what we are talking about.

This may seem so obvious but the great majority of us do not know how to communicate effectively in whatever language: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, woman, man, child, etc. With the purpose of being understood.  Be clear.

1 He starts with an apology (reasoning)

READ: 1 Cor 14:2-14

2 – v5 He starts with his credentials (authority in what he is saying)

3 – 21 Paul shares his testimony.  

  • Who he was in Judaism
  • Personal revelation of the risen Christ
  • Commissioning (God given ministry)
  • Opening of his eyes (Spiritual and Physical)
  • Baptism (death to self, alive for Christ)
  • Guidance (direction) of the Holy Spirit

APPLICATION: Nobody can debate with your personal experience.

Part 2: v. 22 – 30 Jews reject him and he is about to be flogged by the Romans.

22 – 23 The crowd get angry with him. Why?

Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles.

24 – 29 Paul about to be flogged to get the truth out of him

APPLICATION: Persecution without a cause. Are you ready?

2 Tim 3:10-14:

11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

Acts 14: 21-22

22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.

v.30 Paul is brought before the Sanhedrin

SUMMARY:

  • Last week we spoke about the need to come out of our comfort zone
  • We need to understand that we have been called to be followers of Christ

Trials and tribulation, rejection is part of the call to follow Christ. GET OVER IT.

John 15:18-21

20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 

1 Peter 4:12-19

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed…

John 16:31-33

Psalm 34:15-22

APPLICATION:

  • Fear is part of our human nature. But don’t let it paralyze you.

READ – Joshua 1:1-9

  • Do not fear 145 Bible Verses
  • The disciples were afraid and left Jesus in the worst moment, they locked themselves in because they were afraid of the Jews and the Romans.

It wasn’t until the Holy Spirit came that they received power (dunamis), boldness, fearlessness.