By Pastor Rachel
1. I am not ashamed of the gospel
As a mob against Paul was stirred, Paul chose to testify that Jesus is the Lord instead of defending himself. He understands that the gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, and he couldn’t wait to get to Rome to testify God’s name there.
Sometimes it is risky to share our faith with others. However, in the much more dangerous 1st century culture, Paul was not ashamed of gospel: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord (2 Cor. 10:17).” Jesus warned us in Matthew 10:33 that “Whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.”
2. Be prepared to preach in/out of season
Though he had just been rescued from the mob, Paul didn’t stop sharing the gospel. Aware of his audience’s backgrounds, Paul addressed the people in Aramaic and the crowed settled into silence to catch his words.
1 Peter 3:15 says “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
3. A changed life
Saul met Jesus on the road of Damascus, and it turned his life around. Realizing that his pursuit of self-achieved righteousness had made him God’s enemy, Paul gladly confessed his dependence on the righteousness of God, which comes not from the law-keeping but through faith in Christ.
“Please listen to my defense”, Paul shared his life story with the crowd: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20a).