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For the Sake of the Gospel: The Rest of the Story (Part 15 of 15)

After traveling through the book of Acts with Paul on his three missionary journeys, we aren’t told what happened to Paul after his house arrest in Rome. In the last two verses of Acts, Luke tells us that Paul stayed in Rome for two years and that the Gospel was proclaimed. There is speculation about why the time span of two years was mentioned and what exactly happened to Paul after that.

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For the Sake of the Gospel: When In Rome... (Part 14 of 15)

Paul arrived in Rome around 60 AD after being shipwrecked in Malta for several months. Rome was the capital of the Roman Empire, which extended about three million square miles around the Mediterranean and encompassed Spain, France, Israel, and parts of northern Africa. Nero governed Rome at the time. Although known for persecuting Christians, the persecution under his rule did not begin until after the great fire in Rome in 64AD.

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For the Sake of the Gospel: Outline of Acts (Part 13 of 15)

Acts 1:8 states: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.” Some commentators believe that this verse, with its powerful prophecy and call to action, can serve as an outline of the book of Acts.

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For the Sake of the Gospel: Malta (Part 12 of 15)

When the winds finally stopped and the boat wasn’t tossing and turning, the crew found themselves shipwrecked off the coast of the island of Malta, which is south of Sicily. The crew didn’t recognize the island as Malta.

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For the Sake of the Gospel: Sailing in Ancient Times (Part 11 of 15)

Once Paul appealed to Caesar, the Romans arranged transportation from Caesarea to Rome. This meant that Paul would have started the journey in a coaster ship, which took him along the coast of Israel and then along the coast of modern day Turkey to Myra.

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For the Sake of the Gospel: The Decision (Part 10 of 15)

Over the past few days, we have been introduced to three very different men who governed Judea: Felix, Festus, and King Agrippa II. Although their responses to Paul’s witness were as unique as the men themselves, they had one thing in common. Having heard the good news of the Gospel clearly proclaimed, they rejected it.

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For the Sake of the Gospel: King Agrippa II Arrives (Part 9 of 15)

Paul appealed to Caesar, and Festus, the governor of Judea, had to write a letter to Caesar explaining the charges against him. The problem was that most of the charges were Jewish laws and not something the Roman courts would handle.

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For the Sake of the Gospel: Who is Festus? (Part 8 of 15)

Porcius Festus replaced Felix as governor of Judea. This transfer in leadership occurred after Felix was summoned to Rome by Nero to answer for his savage handling of a dispute between the Jews and the Syrians. This dispute resulted in substantial bloodshed.

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For the Sake of the Gospel: Who is Felix? (Part 7 of 15)

In Acts 23:12, the Jews devise a plot to kill Paul. Paul’s nephew, though,, learns of these intentions and informs the Apostle of the conspiracy against him. Immediately, Paul asks one of the centurions to take his nephew to the tribune and to tell them what he has learned. Once the Roman authorities hear of the plot, Paul is quickly and quietly moved to Caesarea, the home city of the governor of Judea named Felix.

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For the Sake of the Gospel: Jerusalem’s Most Wanted (Part 6 of 15)

Paul was warned by the disciples in Caesarea not to go to Jerusalem. One man even demonstrated how once in the city, Paul would be bound and handed over to the Gentiles by the Jews (Acts 21:11). Paul was insistent, though, and willing to risk imprisonment, even death, for the name of the Lord Jesus.

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For the Sake of the Gospel: Why Paul Was in the Temple (Part 5 of 15)

At the end of Paul’s third missionary journey, he returned to Jerusalem for Pentecost. Upon his arrival in the city, James and other Jerusalem-based church elders welcomed Paul and Luke warmly and were happy to hear that many had been won for Christ.

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For the Sake of the Gospel: The Church in Jerusalem (Part 4 of 15)

The church in Jerusalem was composed largely of Jews who wanted to maintain as many of their Jewish traditions as possible. There are ways in which that might be done rightly, at least in part, just as German Christians can retain certain German customs while still being Christians, and so on. But it was more complicated than that in this case.

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For the Sake of the Gospel: Jerusalem or Bust! (Part 3 of 15)

After encouraging the Ephesian church leaders, Paul travelled by ship to Jerusalem for Pentecost. Luke was his travel companion. They made the trip by sea, then by land. Only a short time was spent in each city throughout the trip; just a day or two in some places, and a week in others, as dictated by the boat’s shipment unloading schedule.

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For the Sake of the Gospel: Results and a Riot (Part 2 of 15)

The riot in Ephesus, described in Acts 19:23-41, reveals the impact Paul’s teaching was having in the city. By boldly proclaiming the Gospel, Christianity in Ephesus was steadily taking hold and many were coming to faith in Jesus Christ.

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For the Sake of the Gospel: The City of Ephesus (Part 1 of 15)

For the Sake of the Gospel from Alistair Begg, we follow the Apostle Paul from Corinth to Caesarea on his final missionary trek. For the sake of the Gospel, Paul endured trials of every kind, boldly proclaiming the Good News and glorifying God even to those who doggedly persecuted him. Throughout his journey, we see evidence of God’s grace, providential protection, and provision. God’s guidance and care underpinned Paul’s confidence and enabled him to live out the faith he proclaimed.

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For the Sake of the Gospel: A Study in the Book of Acts : Introduction

Starting May 22, Truth For Life is embarking on a journey following the Apostle Paul on his third missionary tour, which takes him from Jerusalem to Rome. We’re travelling step by step with Paul in an adventurous series by Alistair Begg titled For the Sake of the Gospel.

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