Setting: A hearing before Felix in Caesarea
Audience: Felix (the governor and judge), Jews, and Ananias and Tertullus, Paul’s accusers.
Preceding Events: Paul is sent to Felix in Caesarea to protect him from a plot of some Jews in Jerusalem who have vowed to kill him.
Overall Theme: Paul denies the charges against him and declares his core beliefs.
Scripture Quoted: none
Central Teaching: Paul believes in the resurrection from the dead.
Subsequent Events: Paul is kept in prison for two years, but is granted some freedom and has more opportunities to talk with Felix. Although Felix is moved by what Paul says, there is no record of him deciding to follow Jesus.
Key Lesson: God’s plans may not be our plans or meet our expectations of how things should happen.
A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 700-page website ABibleADay.com to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and many books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.