The Way - Day 130 (Acts 26)

Daily Reading:
Acts 26
Don't forget to journal in your Foundations Book!
Daily Reading Audio Commentary:
Today's Question or Action Step:
Paul uses great boldness to tell his testimony in court. Has there ever been a time in your life where the Holy Spirit has filled you with the same boldness to share your testimony? If not, take time this week to pray for boldness and opportunity to share what God has done for humanity and how He changed your life.
Weekly Memory Verse(s):
OPTION 1: Psalm 46:10
OPTION 2: Proverbs 18:10
OPTION 3: Matthew 6:5-6
Further Study Resources:
Study Guide for Acts 26 (Enduring Word - David Guzik)
Pastor Tom's Journal on Today's Reading:
Acts 26
King Agrippa permits Paul to speak and he recounts his entire life for him so that he can have a full understanding of the charges brought forth by the Jews (26:1a). Paul begins by reminding Agrippa that he also was raised a Pharisee (most strict group of religious Jews) and was familiar with persecuting the church for their belief in Jesus Christ (26:1b-11); however, Paul shares with King Agrippa how he was converted to Christianity on his way to Damascus (26:12-18). After telling Agrippa about his conversion, Paul tells how he was then commissioned by God to take the news about Jesus Christ to the Jews and Gentiles calling them to "repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance" (26:19-23).

Festus stands up following Paul's defense and is surprised that he could believe that anyone could rise from the dead (26:24), but Paul defends Jesus' resurrection saying that "this thing was not done in a corner" (26:25-26). Jesus' resurrection was widely known throughout Palestine and Paul even turned to King Agrippa saying, "Do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe" (26:27). King Agrippa speaks up declaring, "You almost persuade me to become a Christian" (26:28). Paul then expresses his desire for everyone hearing his voice to believe as he also believes (26:29). With these words Paul concluded his defense, so Festus and Agrippa privately discuss his fate and they decide that he has done nothing wrong, but that he must be kept captive (26:30-32).

Paul has experienced so much uncertainty in his ministry, but he refuses to give up. His persevering attitude should be an example to all those who follow Christ and give them hope in the midst of tough times. Although Paul seemed to continually face opposition to his message, he was faithful to proclaim the truth without compromise.

Dear God, make me a faithful follower who perseveres through trials and temptations so that hope through Jesus Christ can be proclaimed to all who will hear.