Acts 28 NIV – Paul Ashore on Malta – Once safely on – Bible Gateway

For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him.  He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!” (Acts 28:30-31)

Paul reaches Rome.  On his way there they are shipwrecked but land safely on the island of Malta and Paul prays and heals.  Once in Rome, he is allowed to live by himself but under guard.  In Rome, Paul does what he always does; he preaches to the Jewish community. That’s met with belief and unbelief. Then he focuses his efforts on the Gentiles.  

That’s the theme of Acts.  God’s Good News of Salvation in Jesus has been sent to the Gentiles. The Gospel is global; it is meant for all.  Over and over again Paul travels, goes out to share the awesome news of new life in Jesus Christ.  Churches are established and new believers are taught.  Out again Paul goes to do the same thing over again.  

Reading Acts from beginning to end has been challenging to me for always the message of this book is to go out, go out, go out, be my witness, be my witness, be my witness.  It’s easy for me, for us, to stay in the comfort zone of who we know and what we know. But in Acts the church becomes something new almost in every city in which a church is planted.  The Gospel is preached and nuanced to both Jews and Gentiles and each church that springs to life.  Jesus is at the core of it all; the foundation of the Church.  Nevertheless, Acts stretches us, challenges us, and opens us to the creativity and power of the Holy Spirit at work throughout churches across the Greco-Roman world.  

“Acts ends on a triumphant note…Despite being under house arrest, Paul is preaching and teaching in Rome, the capital city of the Roman Empire–“with all boldness and without hindrance.” (TNIV Study Bible Notes)  

For two years Paul serves the Lord while waiting for his accusers to press on with the trial in Rome. Tradition and many scholars believe that Paul was released and went on to Spain.  The details in I and II Timothy indicate that Paul was later imprisoned and
finally was executed.
Thanks Everyone for an inspiring journey through Acts on our first Blog! Thanks Micah for your dream of doing a blog and your leadership and organization of the effort.  Thanks everyone who made posts for us all to read.  Thanks everyone who returned day after day to read and study.  It’s been a privilege to be a part of this spiritual journey.
Next week we move to passages that focus on giving thanks.
Pastor Craig