The Church Confronts the World
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The Church Confronts the World

From Series: The Pastor's Study, Volume 1

Acts 24:22-27  (ID: 1795)

While under house arrest, Paul was repeatedly summoned by Governor Felix and his wife Drusilla. During these visits, he didn’t fearfully defend himself or attempt to endear himself to his captors. Instead, compelled by the fear of God and the love of Christ, Paul used these opportunities to preach about righteousness, self-control, and judgment. Alistair Begg uses Paul’s example to challenge today’s Church to confront the world with passionate, authoritative conviction regarding the Bible’s truth and the coming judgment.


Paul Kept in Custody

22But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of the Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your case.” 23Then he gave orders to the centurion that he should be kept in custody but have some liberty, and that none of his friends should be prevented from attending to his needs.

24After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. 25And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.” 26At the same time he hoped that money would be given him by Paul. So he sent for him often and conversed with him. 27When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And desiring to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison.

Copyright © 2020, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.