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A Heart For the Gospel: Conclusion of Acts

Ted VinatieriTed Vinatieri, March 5, 2017
Part of the Acts: You are My Witnesses series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

New Life Community Church, Stafford VA

Acts 28:16-31

16And when we entered into Rome, Paul was suffered to abide by himself with the soldier that guarded him. 17And it came to pass, that after three days he called together those that were the chief of the Jews: and when they were come together, he said unto them, I, brethren, though I had done nothing against the people, or the customs of our fathers, yet was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans: 18who, when they had examined me, desired to set me at liberty, because there was no cause of death in me. 19But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had aught whereof to accuse my nation. 20For this cause therefore did I entreat you to see and to speak with [me]: for because of the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain. 21And they said unto him, We neither received letters from Judaea concerning thee, nor did any of the brethren come hither and report or speak any harm of thee. 22But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, it is known to us that everywhere it is spoken against. 23And when they had appointed him a day, they came to him into his lodging in great number; to whom he expounded [the matter,] testifying the kingdom of God, and persuading them concerning Jesus, both from the law of Moses and from the prophets, from morning till evening. 24And some believed the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved. 25And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Spirit through Isaiah the prophet unto your fathers, 26saying, Go thou unto this people, and say, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall in no wise understand; And seeing ye shall see, and shall in no wise perceive: 27For this people's heart is waxed gross, And their ears are dull of hearing, And their eyes they have closed; Lest, haply they should perceive with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And should turn again, And I should heal them. 28Be it known therefore unto you, that this salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles: they will also hear. 29[And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, having much disputing among themselves.] 30And he abode two whole years in his own hired dwelling, and received all that went in unto him, 31preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness, none forbidding him. (ASV)

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