FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3
SCRIPTURE: Acts 29
THERE IS NO ACTS 29! Actually there is an evangelical church planting organization called Acts 29 but THERE IS NO ACTS 29 IN THE BIBLE!
But I thought it might be important to finish Paul’s story from the end of Acts 28 to his death.
During his two years in Rome, Paul wrote Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon. During this time, Paul was not alone. He had Timothy, Dr. Luke, John Mark, Aristarchus, Epaphrus, Justus, and Demas with him. He also met Philemon’s runaway slave, Onesimus, during this time.
The Book of Acts does not give us the results of Paul’s appeal to Caesar but we have every reason to believe that he was released and resumed his ministry. Romans 15:24, 28 help us know that Paul may have traveled to Spain after his release.
It was during this time, that he wrote letters to Timothy and Titus. We know that he continued his travels to places like Crete, Miletus, Ephesus, and Nicopolis.
We also know that he was arrested again around the year 67 AD. This time his situation was much worse. He was thrown into a prison and treated like a criminal. It was during this time that he asked Timothy to bring him his cloak and his parchments. (2 Timothy 4:13).
It was also during this time that many forsook Paul including believers in Rome (2 Timothy 4:16-17), and Demas (2 Timothy 4:10-11).
Tradition tells us that Paul was beheaded somewhere around 67-68 AD.
So, you see there is sort of an Acts 29. And if I am right about there being sort of aN Acts 29, that means we are still living out that chapter. The question we have to ask ourselves in light of that possibility is: are we living for the Gospel or have we forsaken the mission the Lord has given us all.