After they had set a day to meet with him, they came to him at his lodgings in great numbers. From morning until evening he explained the matter to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the law of Moses and from the prophets. Some were convinced by what he had said, while others refused to believe. So they disagreed with each other; and as they were leaving, Paul made one further statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah,
“Go to this people and say,
You will indeed listen, but never undersatnd,
and you will indeed look, but never perceive.
For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and their ears are hard of hearing,
and they have shut their eyes,
so that they might not look with their eyes,
and listen with their ears,
and understand with their heart and turn-
and I would heal them.”
Let it be known to you then that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.”
He lived there two whole years at his own expense and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.
Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture Suggestions:
2 Timothy 2:8-10
Time for Reflection
In addition to the 4 questions found on the attached bookmark consider the following:
How does the ending of Acts surprise you?
Regardless of the hardships of his journey, Paul lived his life proclaiming and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.” How can we as a congregation learn from Paul’s example?
As we conclude our journey through Acts what themes and events stand out to you the most? How can the church today learn from the experiences of the early church?
The book of Acts seems almost unfinished, leaving us with the question of “What are we going to do about this?” How are we being called to finish Paul’s work?