When the governor motioned to him to speak, Paul replied:
“I cheerfully make my defense, knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation. As you can find out, it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship in Jerusalem. They did not find me disputing with anyone in the temple or stirring up a crowd either in the synagogues or throughout the city. Neither can they prove to you the charge that they now bring against me. But this I admit to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our ancestors, believing everything laid down according to the law or written in the prophets. I have a hope in God—a hope that they themselves also accept—that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. Therefore I do my best
always to have a clear conscience toward God and all people.
Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture Suggestions:
2 Timothy 1:3
Time for Reflection
In addition to the 4 questions found on the attached bookmark consider the following:
Have you ever found yourselves in a position where everyone around you has “turned” against you? How would you defend yourself and your choices?
Where do you find your hope?