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When In Rome: Week 3

October 18, 2015 Preacher: Aaron Lytle Series: When In Rome

Topic: Missional Living Verse: Acts 28:16–31

In Rome: Week 3
Acts 28:16-31

16When we arrived in Rome, Paul was permitted to have his own private lodging, though he was guarded by a soldier.
17Three days after Paul’s arrival, he called together the local Jewish leaders. —Acts 28:16-17a

When was the last time you took a risk to be ON MISSION rather than be comfortable and be ministered to?

Are you willing to invite your enemies to your house to hear about Jesus?

He said to them, “Brothers, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Roman government, even though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors. 18The Romans tried me and wanted to release me, because they found no cause for the death sentence. 19But when the Jewish leaders protested the decision, I felt it necessary to appeal to Caesar, even though I had no desire to press charges against my own people. 20I asked you to come here today so we could get acquainted and so I could explain to you that I am bound with this chain because I believe that the hope of Israel—the Messiah—has already come.” —Acts 28:17-20

21They replied, “We have had no letters from Judea or reports against you from anyone who has come here. 22But we want to hear what you believe, for the only thing we know about this movement is that it is denounced everywhere.” —Acts 28:21-22

23So a time was set, and on that day a large number of people came to Paul’s lodging. He explained and testified about the Kingdom of God and tried to persuade them about Jesus from the Scriptures. Using the law of Moses and the books of the prophets, he spoke to them from morning until evening. —Acts 28:23

2“Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” —Matthew 3:2 (John the Baptist)

17From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” —Matthew 4:17 (Jesus)

What does the Kingdom of God look like?

24Some were persuaded by the things he said, but others did not believe. —Acts 28:24

25And after they had argued back and forth among themselves, they left with this final word from Paul: “The Holy Spirit was right when he said to your ancestors through Isaiah the prophet,

26‘Go and say to this people:
When you hear what I say,
you will not understand.
When you see what I do,
you will not comprehend.
27For the hearts of these people are hardened,
and their ears cannot hear,
and they have closed their eyes—
so their eyes cannot see,
and their ears cannot hear,
and their hearts cannot understand,
and they cannot turn to me
and let me heal them.’
28So I want you to know that this salvation from God has also been offered to the Gentiles, and they will accept it.” —Acts 28:25-28

30For the next two years, Paul lived in Rome at his own expense. He welcomed all who visited him, 31boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him. —Acts 28:30-31

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