Read the final two chapters of Acts (27:1-28:31)

  • How many stories can you name from the New Testament that involve centurions? How many of these centurions are identified by name? What do we make of the fact that the author gives us a name for this one?
  • What strikes you about what happens in verse 27:3? Why might Julius behave in this way?
  • When (on a calendar) is the Day of Atonement? Why is it mentioned in 27:10? What warning does Paul sound, and how is it received?
  • Who usually make the final decisions aboard a ship? Who is calling the shots in verse 27:11?
  • What do you make of the wealth of nautical detail throughout this chapter?
  • How does Paul’s speech in 27:21-26 match details encountered earlier in the story? How do you think the crew and fellow passengers received his little pep-talk?
  • What drama unfolds in 27:31-32? Why do you think it is so important that the sailors not reach the lifeboat?
  • Who seems to be in charge in 27:31-38? How did this happen?
  • What does the centurion do in verses 27:42-43? Why?
  • What happens in 28:1-6? What testimony does this evoke from the locals?
  • How does Paul reward the hospitality of Pulbius?
  • Both the ship that wrecked on the shores of Malta and the one which carried the survivors to Rome in the early spring were Alexandrian. Is this detail important?
  • Why do you suppose the author noted the form taken by the figurehead of their rescuing ship in 28:11?
  • What pleasant surprise awaited Paul in Puteoli? How was he received by his captors in Rome?
  • To whom did Paul present the gospel at the end of the book of Acts? How was it received?
  • Do you find the ending of this book satisfying? Why or why not?
  • What do you suppose ever became of Julius, the centurion?
  • What could today’s church learn from the church as it is portrayed in the book of Acts?
Acts Bible Study (7-15-2020)

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