Hold That Ground
Acts 21:37-40 As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the tribune, "May I say something to you?" And he said, "Do you know Greek?...
think about it.
How does Paul take advantage of his arrest (21:37-22:21)? What credentials does Paul give (22:2-5)? What is the core of his speech (22:6-21)? Paul says he was sent to the Gentiles; what reaction did that get (22:22-24)? How did Paul's rights help him at this time (22:25-29)? What would be at the core of your defense if you were in Paul's position?
There's no doubt that Paul was an excellent preacher and teacher. But Paul was also a good encourager. He recognized that his brothers and sisters in Christ needed support and encouragement. In Acts 20:1-2 Paul calls the disciples together and gives them encouragement, and then we see that Paul traveled through the regions of Macedonia and gave the believers there "much encouragement." Bottom line...encouragement between Christ-followers is absolutely essential. We all need to give and to receive it.
So what opportunities can you think of where you can be an encourager to a fellow believer this week? And on the flip side, how can you use and draw on this passage when you're in need of encouragement? Tami W.
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