Bible Proficiency Project
Week 38, 9/21 - 9/27, 2020

I.     Monday — Acts 21:17-23:22 Paul’s Arrest

1.     Who did Paul meet with in 21:18 and what was the controversy that they resolved?

2.    After Paul’s arrest what did he say in his “public” defense to the mob of Jews and how did he gain their

       attention?

3.    What was the reason that the mob responded that Paul should not live?

4.    Why was Paul being born a Roman citizen important?

5.    What was the problem with Paul’s words in 23:3?

6.    How does the principle cited in 23:5 apply today if at all?

7.    How did Paul divide his accusers in verse 23:6 and what was the result of this contention?

8.    What promise did Jesus speak to Paul concerning his witness?

II.    Tuesday —Acts 23:23-24:27 Paul Transferred to Rome

1.     How did Paul escape assassination in Jerusalem?

2.    Does Paul’s trial have similarities to that of Jesus?

3.    What did Paul say he was being accused of and what group was he associated with?

4.    Why did Felix keep bringing Paul before him?

III.   Wednesday — Philippians 1:1-2:30 Gospel Truth

1.     When was and from where was Philippians written [1:13 & 4:22]?

2.    What does it mean to have the assurance of your faith and what is the ground for this [1:6]?

3.    How does Paul view his life and how is this a Christian principle for life [1:21]?

4.    What do we learn about and from Jesus according to 2:5-8?

5.    What life principle do we learn from 2:12-13?

6.    How would you best describe Epaphroditus? 

IV.   Thursday – Philippians 3  Truth vs. Error

1.     In verse 2 one of the things Paul says is beware of the mutilation. What does the word “beware” call us to

       do, and what do you think he eludes to with the word “mutilation”?

2.    In verses 2-6 what does Paul say is true circumcision and what is false circumcision based upon?

3.    From what Paul says in 3:7-11 how then should we live?

4.    Explain how we know Christ, the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings?

5.    How did Paul approach his life that should serve as a principle for all Christians [vv. 13-14]?

6.    What advice does Paul give in v. 17?

7.    Where is the Christian to set his mind [v20-21]?

V.   Sunday — Philippians 4  Final Encouragements

1.     What does it mean to stand fast in the Lord?

2.    How did Paul say to overcome being anxious?

3.    What did Paul say about our thought life?

4.    What did Paul say he had learned in his life [v. 11]?

5.    What confidence should we have in living a godly life [4:13]?

 

Answers

I.     Monday — Acts 21:17-23:22 Paul’s Arrest

1.     James sits as the head of the Jerusalem Christian Church Council and they discuss the charge that Paul

       taught the Gentiles to break Moses Law (especially circumcision). The Council concludes after a debate

       that the Gentiles are not bound to practice Jewish ceremonies, but are to walk in moral obedience.

2.    Chapter 22 is a public testimony of his conversion to Jesus and commission to be an apostle to the

       Gentiles. He quieted them down by speaking in Hebrew.

3.    When he said God had called him to go to the Gentiles. This reveals the height of bigotry and racism that

       was ingrained into the Jews.

4.    Why was Paul being born a Roman citizen important? Only the Roman government could imprison or

       execute a  Roman citizen and only after a proper trial. To torture a Roman citizen (22:25) could land them in

       big trouble.

5.    Paul understood that biblically he was still required to honor the office even if the one holding the office

       acted unjustly.

6.    This is a practical example of the requirement to show proper respect to those in office for the sake of the

       office. What we often hear of the way political candidates speak of their opponents who have been elected

       to an office is an abomination. We should be careful how and in what way we speak and respond to those

       who hold office.

7.    Paul knew the Pharisees believed in the resurrection and the Sadducees did not, so he identified himself

       as of the Pharisees and that he was being persecuted by the Sadducees for his hope in his belief in the

       resurrection of the dead. This automatically broke down the shaky alliance between two groups united by

       their hate of Christians.

8.    That he would not find his end in Jerusalem but would go to Rome and bear witness for the Lord.

II.    Tuesday —Acts 23:23-24:27 Paul Transferred to Rome

1.     Paul’s sister’s son heard of the plot and told the guards. The commander sent Paul with a large force in the

       middle of the night to take Paul to Caesarea to be protected in the palace of the governor, Felix.

2.    Like Jesus, Paul was shuffled between various courts trying to decide who had jurisdiction to rule on his

       case. In the end, they all ruled that he had done nothing to deserve imprisonment. But because he

       appealed to be sent to Rome they could not rule on his case. 

3.    Paul himself identified it as the Way (Jesus said I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life) [24:14, 22 & 22:4].

       Specifically Paul said he was accused because of his beliefs concerning the resurrection of the dead.

4.    He wanted to know about this faith in Christ [v. 24] but he also hoped Paul would bribe him to let him go [v.

       26].

III.   Wednesday — Philippians 1:1-2:30 Gospel Truth

1.     There are some different opinions here so that two possibilities are worth considering. The first is that he

       wrote this letter while in prison in Caesarea. The more probable is that this letter was written while

       imprisoned in Rome around 61 AD.

2.    It means to trust that your faith in Christ is the work of God who not only initiates faith but will preserve that

       faith in us until His return.

3.    Paul understands that he belongs to His faithful Savior Jesus Christ who has satisfied for all his sins, and as

       such he lives to serve Christ knowing that the final realization of his hope of faith is when he dies and

       enters into the presence of his God and Savior.

4.    Jesus was not afraid to live humbly that He might fulfill His office in service to the plan and will of God no

       matter what that might cost Him.

5.    The Christian is to live every day consciously seeking to work at our salvation as those who have been

       redeemed by the blood of Christ, and yet at the same time rest in the comfort that it is God who is working

       in them.

6.    As one who was willing to serve God and the church sacrificially without regard to his own benefit.

IV.   Thursday – Philippians 3  Truth vs. Error

1.     The word “beware” in the Greek has reference to seeing, particularly in this context to watch out for

       danger. The word “mutilation” refers to severe cutting. Paul employs a play on words here aimed at those

       who sought to come in and disrupt and divide the unity of the church by demanding the observance of

       Jewish practices, particularly circumcision. So Paul draws a connection between their pernicious insistence

       on circumcision in relation to its effect of cutting up the unity of the church.

2.    It is worth noting that Paul ties the true intention of spiritual circumcision to the worship of God in the Spirit. 

       This is contrasted to circumcision in the flesh which Paul said of all those outward symbols of Judaism he

       excelled more than anyone. However, the point he made was that we should put no confidence in the

       outward signs as obtaining anything if they are not accompanied by being in Christ.

3.    We should understand that this life is not measured by the outward aspects of the flesh, or things we have

       attained in life. Paul has in mind those things that he might boast of as a good Jew (although some might

       trust in riches, fame, power) but he counts those things as nothing and that the only thing that matters is the

       richness of our relationship with Christ.

4.    The action word “that I may know” is an infinitive “to know” that is tied back to Paul’s counting all things

       loss . . .  to know Him, and the power, and the fellowship. But the how or means by which one knows is

       explained in the participle “being conformed to His death.”  We do this in a two-fold way: first, by the

       mortification of sin or the putting to death of the old man; and the second, is the enduring patiently through

       tribulations even as Christ did.

5.    This is living eschatologically – with one’s mind fixed on heaven which is the upward call and not looking

       back at what is done.

6.    Find those spiritually mature Christians and use them as mentors to your faith.

7.    Our perspective must always be fixed on our heavenly citizenship and the end of our faith which is realized

       in the resurrection of body and soul.

V.   Sunday — Philippians 4  Final Encouragements

1.     The word stand carries the idea of continuing in a state of relationship with Christ. The word “therefore”

       opens this chapter and it means based on what I have written I approve of what I see in your midst and so

       continue on the good path.

2.    By being active in your prayer life in both making requests of God for help but also looking for those things

       God is doing for which you should be thankful.

3.    In verses 8 he pointed to meditating on profitable things. The word meditate here means thinking about

       something in a detailed and logical manner. Use your reason or mind.

4.    How to be content with whatever state he found himself in.

5.    The Christian is to seek to live in the power and strength of Christ in everything we do in the course of our

       daily life.