Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Acts 17

Good morning! Quick reminder: Bible study and Acts chapters 11-17. 6:30-7:30 tonight at the Hinkle house.

Now lets get started.

Paul and Silas went to Thessalonica where Paul reasoned and proved in the synagogue that Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. After he finished ministering, many of the Jews and Greeks were converted. Some of the Jews were jealous of Paul so they rounded up a mop and went to Jason's house (where they believed Paul was staying). When they could not find Paul, they took Jason and a few other believes to the crowd and they accused them of "defying Caesar's decrees". After the chaos became too much, they let them go. Have you ever been in a situation where you were in conflict with authorities because of your faith? What happened?

Paul moves on to the city of Berea. The Bereans received the message more easily than the Thessalonians, but when the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching, they sent crowds to stir them up. Paul leaves fro Athens and tells Silas and Timothy to stay but to join him as soon as possible. Compared to the Thessalonians, how do the Bereans receive the Gospel?

Paul goes to the city of Athens. The people there are very open minded. Verse 21, "(All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)" The philosophers took Paul and questioned him about what he was teaching. Paul tell them that their idols are wrong and there is only one God. He gives the message and most of the people wanted to hear more. Whom do you know who has very little, or no background, in the Gospel? Could you share the Gospel with someone without quoting Bible verses? Why or why not?

Are there people in your life who need to hear the Gospel?

What can you do to tell them about it?

1 comment:

Jackie said...

And human hands can't serve his needs- for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. Acts 17:25 (NLT)

This verse showed me that God does not need us for anything. There is a reason why we are not forced to follow him. This is because he wants us to want to have a relationship with him. When we serve him, yes we might be doing it with God in mind but that does not mean that he needs us to do the job. I think God uses us to show others what its like to have a life with him in it. This verse also talks about how God is our only need. I think this is true because if we give him our problems and let him handle our every need then he can handle it for us.