Session 26

Who is the hero of your story?

From Acts: A 28-Day Devotional

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Acts 26

Speaking freely to a top official familiar with Jewish law, Paul shares how he met Jesus and explains that while he may have offended some of the Jews in Jerusalem, he never broke the law.

After finally receiving an opportunity to plead his case before King Agrippa, Paul instead chooses to share the story of his miraculous conversion to Christianity. Why would he do that?

Jesus is the hero of Paul’s story. His life focuses on the message of the cross, offensive to some and unbelievable to others. Through it all, Paul focuses on Jesus and the eternity He offers rather than the temporary consequences of this life. It is all about Jesus!

Paul’s attitude and focus are most clearly revealed in Acts 26:29, “I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” Paul understands that light and momentary trials achieve an eternal glory far outweighing any hardship he faces (2 Corinthians 4:17). That’s why, given this opportunity, Paul shared the Gospel instead of begging for his life.

When given an opportunity, do you make much of you or much of Jesus? 

Reflect:

  • What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
  • How do you react when people respond negatively to you? What can you learn from Paul’s response to Festus and Agrippa?
  • Think about your conversations over the past few weeks. Who is the focus of your attention and the hero of your stories?

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Session 1

Waiting for God to move

Jesus returns to heaven, and the disciples replace Judas. A lot is changing in the lives of Jesus’ first followers as they embark on lead...

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Session 2

What is holding you back?

The Holy Spirit, the counselor Jesus promised, arrives. Peter preaches a message about Jesus, and the Christian church begins. No matter...

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Session 3

What is ugly is made beautiful

Peter heals a lame beggar and a crowd quickly gathers. Peter explains that healing comes from God and encourages the crowd to repent. In...

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Session 4

If you’re in over your head, you’re in good company

Peter and John explain their teaching to the religious leaders who tell them to stop speaking about Jesus. Church members pray for Peter ...

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Session 5

Get out of your comfort zone

God punishes a husband and wife for lying. Church leaders perform more miracles and wind up in prison. God breaks them out, and the churc...

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Session 6

Are you willing to make a change?

Seven people are chosen to perform daily tasks to help the church. One of them, Stephen, is arrested for talking about Jesus. Some peopl...

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Session 7

What a full life really looks like

Stephen defends himself to the Jewish religious leaders. The officials grew so furious they killed Stephen, making him the first Christia...

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Session 8

Are you ready to go?

Stephen’s death sets off a great wave of persecution. But rather than shutting down the church, believers are scattered and the good news...

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Session 9

You are not who you used to be

Saul, a religious leader, meets Jesus and his life completely changes. He takes the name Paul and becomes a traveling missionary preachin...

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Session 10

The No. 1 excuse we make to avoid change

Peter travels to share the message of Jesus with Cornelius, a Roman military commander. Cornelius and his family decide to follow Jesus. ...

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Session 11

No one is too far gone

Peter explains that it’s OK for Christians to eat with non-Jews, something they would never have done before. More and more non-Jews star...

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Session 12

Every escape starts with one step

Peter is beaten and thrown into prison for talking about Jesus, but God sent an angel to break him out. Chained to two soldiers and guar...

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Session 13

The effect prayer has on your life

Barnabas and Saul (aka Paul) set out on their first of three trips to spread the good news about Jesus with surrounding nations. In Acts...

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Session 14

Do people think you’re crazy?

Paul heals a man who has been crippled since birth. Paul and Barnabas then encourage the people to believe in God’s power, not their own....

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Session 15

Why division in the church is dangerous

A dispute breaks out about whether Christians should be circumcised or not. After hearing what God was doing in non-Jewish communities, t...

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Session 16

Are you willing to do whatever it takes?

Paul and Silas go to jail for healing a girl possessed by demons. Instead of panicking, they sing. Prison doors fly open, and chains come...

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Session 17

The secret to Paul’s confidence

Paul travels to Thessalonica, Berea, and Athens to share the good news about Jesus. In Athens, he gets the opportunity to talk to the nat...

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Session 18

Do you really want to know God’s will?

Paul continues to travel and teach about Jesus, but many Jews opposed his message. The Lord speaks to Paul in a dream and encourages him ...

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Session 19

Does materialism have a hold on your life?

In Ephesus, Paul continues teaching about Jesus and performing miracles. Fearing they’d be put out of business, local idol makers start a...

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Session 20

You can’t push God’s love away

Paul heads back to Jerusalem while encouraging and saying goodbye to people who supported him on his travels. Following Jesus took Paul ...

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Session 21

What it means to be committed

After a grueling journey, Paul arrives in Jerusalem. He swaps stories with friends then goes to the temple to worship. Pretty soon, a rum...

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Session 22

Your story is more powerful than you think

Wrongly accused of disrespecting Jewish law, Paul shares his upbringing, religious training, and conversion to Christianity with the crow...

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Session 23

What are you doing, God?

Unaware of who he’s talking to, Paul insults the head priest. Although Paul apologizes, people want revenge. Several Jews vow to kill Pau...

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Session 24

God cares more about your growth than your comfort

When Paul arrives in Caesarea, he explains the accusations to a new courtroom. Unsure of how to handle Paul’s case, the governor calls fo...

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Session 25

Is passion driving your actions?

Paul knows he’s innocent, so when the trial day comes he hands in an innocent plea and asks to have his case sent to Caesar. While Paul a...

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Session 26

Who is the hero of your story?

Speaking freely to a top official familiar with Jewish law, Paul shares how he met Jesus and explains that while he may have offended som...

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Session 27

What would you sacrifice for someone else’s freedom?

Paul sets sail for Rome, and a week into the trip, he hits a major storm. The ship runs aground, but everyone on board makes it safely to...

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Session 28

Are you willing to say yes to God?

The ship’s crew waits out the winter then sets sail for Rome. When they arrive, the Jews in Rome know nothing about the charges against P...

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