4 June 19

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Nothing long this morning. Paul is on trial in front of the Roman Governor and a Roman Client King. Their response — your great learning has made you mad. If your enemy cannot challenge you on the facts, they will challenge your morals or character or sanity.

For the spirit of God still calls us, as it did Festus and Agrippa, to repentance.

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19 “So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance. 21 For this reason some Jews seized me in the temple and tried to put me to death. 22 So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place; 23 [a]that [b]the Christ was [c]to suffer, and [d]that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”
24 While Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus *said in a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind! [e]Your great learning is [f]driving you mad.” 25 But Paul *said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I utter words [g]of sober truth. 26 For the king [h]knows about these matters, and I speak to him also with confidence, since I am persuaded that none of these things escape his notice; for this has not been done in a [i]corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the Prophets? I know that you [j]do.” 28 Agrippa replied to Paul, “[k]In a short time you [l]will persuade me to [m]become a Christian.” 29 And Paul said, “[n]I would wish to God, that whether [o]in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these chains.”

Acts 26:19-29, NASB