03 July 2022 (am) – Acts 17:15-34
|Andy Bruins preaching from Acts on Sunday 3rd July 2022.|
Paul has been left on his own in the great city of Athens. He quickly discovers that this city is a ‘forest of idols’ and he is deeply moved by the lostness of its citizens. Having engaged the local philosophers, Paul is granted an opportunity to address the gathering of the great thinkers on Mars Hill. This chapter gives us a brief record of how the Apostle tried to communicate the gospel in this melting pot of religion, superstition and philosophical thought.
Q What are some of the good and bad things that define our culture and shape the way that people think?
Q Read v16-21. What is it that distresses Paul about Athens? What does he do about it?
Q Where are the places today where we can meaningfully engage with the unbelieving world?
Q Read v22-31. What does Paul know about Greek culture? How do you think he has learned about it?
Q What do you think are the key things that Paul wants to get across? Why has he picked these things to focus on?
Q What can we learn from Paul about bringing the gospel message into our own culture?