While he was making this defense, Festus exclaimed, “You are out of your mind, Paul! Too much learning is driving you insane!” But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking the sober truth. Indeed the king knows about these things, and to him I speak freely; for I am certain that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.” Agrippa said to Paul, “Are you so quickly persuading me to become a Christian?” Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that not only you but also all who are listening to me today might become such as I am—except for these chains.” Bernice and those who had been seated with them; and as they were leaving, they said to one another, “This man is doing nothing to deserve death or imprisonment.” Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to the emperor.”
Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture Suggestions:
1 Peter 1:16
2 Corinthians 5:13
1 Corinthians 7:7
Time for Reflection
In addition to the 4 questions found on the attached bookmark consider the following:
What strikes you the most about Paul from the last several readings?
What do you think makes people today reluctant to speak clearly either for or against Jesus?
How comfortable are you with proclaiming your faith to others?