As Paul and Silas push forward to preach the gospel in places where it had not been proclaimed, there are common elements to their mission but different responses in each place. One of the common elements was their preaching in public places, often the synagogue, where people gathered and it would be easy to gain an audience. The other side of this coin is that not every place was receptive to the message of the gospel. In fact, some Jews were violent in their reaction to the message of salvation through Jesus Christ.Continue to unpack the key principles and apply them to the church today. This must not be a study of historical information, but the living truth in God’s Word worked out in church life today.
Acts 17:1-9 – For three weeks, Paul “reasoned from the __________, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead.” God’s word must be our only authority for what we say and do in evangelism and church planting, even if it brings opposition.
Acts 17:10-15 – The Jews in Berea “received the word with all _________, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” Many believed, but their labors were followed by opposition.
Acts 17:16-21 – Prevailing idolatry in Athens provoked Paul to reason and preach with boldness.
Acts 17:22-34 – In Athens, Paul used their “altar…to the unknown god” as an opportunity to proclaim “the God who made the world and everything in it…” Paul then preached repentance as the antidote to God’s judgment of the world.
Remember in the beginning of Acts 16, Paul and Silas are clearly directed by the Holy Spirit where they should go. Opposition and difficult circumstances should not govern our path in ministry. How close are we walking with the Spirit? It will determine our attitude and boldness. In your outreach through the gospel, look for “eager” hearts that will search the Scriptures!
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