Three Powerful Men

So why did the Apostle Paul intentionally power down? Why did he put himself into a position of complete powerlessness? How much power do we need? That’s our question for today.

Felix, Festus, Agrippa: Three powerful men.
(What does Paul gain in each case by assuming a position of powerlessness?)

I. The Power of Money –Felix 24:22-27

A. Paul spoke of faith in Christ Jesus

B. The coming judgement frightened Felix.

C. He hoped for a bribe.

II. The Power of Popularity — Festus 25:1-12, 19-20, 27

A. Festus wanted to please the Jews.

B. Paul appealed to Caesar.

C. Festus had no charges against Paul.

III. The Power of Position — Agrippa 26:22-29, 32

A. Agrippa II was the great-grandson of Herod the Great.

B. Paul asks Agrippa to make a decision to follow Christ.

C. Agrippa got up and walked away.

Tragically, Felix, Festus, and Agrippa each walk away from the offer of salvation. What happens to Paul is not important because it’s not the Apostle that is on trial. It’s the gospel itself. And so it is with us. We too stand at a point of decision. Will we seek the powers of this world or will we live by the truth of God’s word and the power of the Holy Spirit? We won’t all be called upon to testify before governors and kings. But each of us will find power of God when we choose weakness.