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Acts 24:1-25:12: Falsely Accused
For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Acts.
Warming Up to God
Remember that today has been given to you by God and he desires to be with you as you walk through it. Let him come to you now, knowing that he will show you more of himself through his Word.
Read Acts 24:1-25:12
Discovering the Word
- What are the accusations brought against Paul by the Jews (24:1-27)?
- How would you describe Paul's defense? (Consider the content and the attitude and tone.)
- What do you think is the significance of the fact that Felix was well acquainted with the Way (v. 22)?
- In Acts 25:1-12 two years have passed since his trial, and Festus has become the new governor. The Jews have not given up. They continue to plot to kill Paul and ask Festus to have him transferred to Jerusalem. Festus refuses and tells the Jewish leaders to come to Caesarea for the trial. What evidence is there in this passage that Festus knows that Paul is innocent?
- Why does Festus suggest that Paul go back to Jerusalem to be on trial?
Applying the Word
- When have you known someone to respond to the proclamation of the gospel as Felix did? What might this mean?
- Describe a time you have been falsely accused because of your faith.
- What can you learn about how to respond to accusers from the way Paul responded to his accusers?
Responding in Prayer
Ask God to give you patience and a heart of love for the people who surround you—your coworkers, family—people you can show the example of Christ.