Summary: The three missionary campaigns of Paul and his associates teach us some valuable spiritual lessons: Our faith drives us to labors of love which give us eternal hope through trials for the future. The Christian must know His Bible and develop a Biblical wo
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Thesis: The three missionary campaigns of Paul and his associates teach us some valuable spiritual lessons: Our faith drives us to labors of love which give us eternal hope through trials for the future. The Christian must know His Bible and develop a Biblical worldview for their lives. The deception of idolatry plagued the Athens and still negatively impacts our society today.
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Scripture Text: Acts 17
The Holy Bible, New International Version. Pradis
Ac 17:1 When they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.
Ac 17:2 As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
Ac 17:3 explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ, ’” he said.
Ac 17:4 Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women.
Ac 17:5 But the Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.
Ac 17:6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other brothers before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here,
Ac 17:7 and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.”
Ac 17:8 When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil.
Ac 17:9 Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go.
Ac 17:10 As soon as it was night, the brothers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.
Ac 17:11 Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
Ac 17:12 Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
Ac 17:13 When the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, they went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up.
Ac 17:14 The brothers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea.
Ac 17:15 The men who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.
Ac 17:16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.
Ac 17:17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.
Ac 17:18 A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.
Ac 17:19 Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting?
Ac 17:20 You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean.”
Ac 17:21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)
Ac 17:22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.
Ac 17:23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.
Ac 17:24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.
Ac 17:25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.