- Verses 16, 21. From what motives, and by what methods, did Paul proclaim the gospel? Do you know anything of a divine jealousy provoked by the fact that people do not give Christ the allegiance which is His right?
- Verses 22-34. Study Paul’s sermon and note (a) how he gained the interest of his hearers (verses 22-23), (b) what he taught about God in relation to the universe, mankind, idols and images (verses 24-29), and (c) the response he argued which men needed to make to God (verses 30-34). Paul sought to make the Christian message relevant to the thought and background of his hearers. He had no slick phraseology. What do you learn from this about preaching today?
12 June, 2015
Search The Scriptures — Study 34 — Acts 17:16-34
Paul at Athens faces philosophers, who are eager to hear another man’s views in order that they may add these to their rag-bag of ideas, and who also have no background understanding of the Old Testament.
See, if possible Acts (TNTC), pp. 136-146 for a most helpful explanation of Paul’s visit.