Acts 21:27-36 27 When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, 28 crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against the people and the law and this place. Moreover, he even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” 29 For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. 30 Then all the city was stirred up, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut. 31 And as they were seeking to kill him, word came to the tribune of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 32 He at once took soldiers and centurions and ran down to them. And when they saw the tribune and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 Then the tribune came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. He inquired who he was and what he had done. 34 Some in the crowd were shouting one thing, some another. And as he could not learn the facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into the barracks. 35 And when he came to the steps, he was actually carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd, 36 for the mob of the people followed, crying out, “Away with him!”
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
1. Study through Acts 21:27-36, discussing what stands out to you and why.
2. What’s the difference between general suffering and being persecuted for Jesus’ sake? Why do you think it’s important to be prepared to be persecuted for Jesus’ sake? Can you think of any parts of Scripture that speak to being prepared?
Pastor James mentioned four ways we need to count the cost of following Jesus—four specific things we’re called to give up: 1) Our Self-Righteousness, 2) Our Sins, 3) Our Love of Ease (Comfort), 4) Our Love for the World.
3. What do each of these mean (and can you think of specific passages in the Scripture that point to giving these up)? Which do you find most easy to give up? Which do you find most difficult and why?
J.C. Ryle notes that, “Conversion (becoming a Christian) is not putting a man in an armchair and taking him easily to Heaven. It is the beginning of a mighty conflict, in which it cost much to win the victory.”
4. Try and be specific. How does the ultimate victory of Jesus (for us!) in His life, death, and resurrection strengthen us to give up our self-righteousness? give up our sin? give up our love of ease? give up our favor of the world?
Jesus came and paid the price for our sins so that we could be forgiven—totally forgiven. He died so that we could be adopted into God’s family—we are not orphans, but loved children of God by grace.
Remember, dear Christian: Jesus didn’t pay for the big sins and leave the little ones, or vice versa. He paid for them all. So let us rejoice in total forgiveness and bow in total submission.
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