Reading: The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 389-418; Acts 20:4-23:35
1. List the reasons why Paul wanted to return to Jerusalem for the Passover (389:1).
2. How did the Jews regard Paul’s teaching, and what were they determined to do about it (389:2-390:1)?
3. Which day was Paul’s final day in Troas, and why did the believers gather together (391:2; Acts 20:7-12)?
4. If the believers gathered on the first day of the week and Paul preached until midnight, according to Western calculations when was the meeting held?
5. What had the Holy Spirit revealed about Paul’s stay in Jerusalem, and how was this message later confirmed (396:2; Acts 20:22, 23; 21:10-12)?
6. What dangers were to come to the church at Ephesus after Paul’s death (395:1)?
7. Why had the wrath of the whole Jewish nation turned upon Paul (390:1; 397:5-398:2).
8. Explain the attitude of some in Jerusalem toward Paul when he finally presented the contributions of their Gentile brethren (399:1-400:1).
9. What was the underlying cause behind the opposition that Paul met in Jerusalem (401:1, 2)?
10. What golden opportunity was missed by the leaders of the church in Jerusalem (402:3-403:1)?
11. Why did the leaders in Jerusalem suggest a compromise to Paul (404:1-405:0)?
12. Why did Paul agree to the compromise, and what was the result (405:1-406:0)?
13. Who “blew the whistle” on Paul (406:2)?
14. In the wild excitement that followed, what charges were hurled against him (406:3-407:0)?
15. List three things Paul anguished over when he was alone again in his cell (412:2-413:0)?
16. How did comfort come to Paul in his lonely cell, and, in the meantime, what were his enemies doing (413:1, 3-414:1)?
17. How did God look upon the leaders of the church in Jerusalem who opposed the work of Paul (416:2-417:2)?
18. What similarity exists between Paul’s experience and the experience of some in the church today (417:3-418:1)?
Thought Question: How can Christians today prevent a repetition of Paul’s experience with those who opposed him in Jerusalem?