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HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS

Sermon: Appealing to Caesar // Acts 25:1-12

1. Share how this week has gone in terms of unexpected challenges, blessings, or interactions with new friends.

2. Why do you think it was important for Luke to record the fact that no legitimate charges could be found against the apostle Paul? (See vv. 5, 8, 10, 18, 25, 27).

3. Why could Paul be so bold in front of the Roman governor and the Jewish mob? Where did his strength come from (see 2 Corinthians 12:9-10)? In what kind of situation might these verses apply to us today?

4. Do you think that Paul’s appeal to Caesar was a bad idea or a good idea? Why? When might we be faced with a similar situation today where we feel that we need to appeal to a higher level of authority?

5. What are some ways in which we can speak up for proper justice for the disadvantaged in Canada today? What about on an international level?

6. Mark’s Gospel, written to the Romans, records how Jesus responded to false accusations before the Roman soldiers (Mark 14:44-50), the Jewish high priest (Mark 14:55-62), and the Roman governor Pilate (Mark 15:1-5). How was this similar to and different from Paul’s defense in Acts 25?

7. While giving his defense before Festus, Paul could honestly say, “I have done nothing wrong against the law of the Jews, or against the temple, or against Caesar” (v. 8). If you were in a situation today similar to Paul’s, what would your defense be when accused?

8. Has Paul’s example in Acts 25 caused you to reexamine any part of your life, your activities, or your worldview?

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