Summary: Paul preaches on Mars hill. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Athens: A City of Extremes
Paul: A Man of Courage
Communication: A Message of Impact
Response: A Reaction of Conflict
• Mercedes Benz were the company who first produced;
• A car body design that absorbed the force of a collision on impact.
• One Mercedes Benz TV commercial;
• Shows their car colliding with a cement wall during a safety test.
• Since then of course many other car companies have followed its design.
• Someone then asks the company spokesman;
• Why they do not enforce their patent on the Mercedes Benz energy-absorbing car body.
• He replies mater-of-factly,
• "Because some things in life are too important not to share."
• How true!
• In that category also falls the good news of Jesus Christ,
• News that saves people from far more than automobile collisions.
• The apostle Paul, was the first person to travel widely telling people about Jesus.
• He is considered the first missionary - a word meaning; ‘Someone who is sent out.’
• “Someone has said that you are either a missionary or a mission field.”
• Meaning of course you need to hear and respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ;
• And when you have you then need to share it with other people.
• That is the mandate for every Christian.
• It was given to us by Jesus at the great commission - Matthew chapter 28 verses 19-20,
• And it has never been rescinded.
• “Therefore go…into all the world…to the very end of the age.”
• Although the great commission;
• Is the last recorded personal instruction given by Jesus to His disciples.
• It is also a special calling from Jesus Christ to ALL His followers;
• To take specific action while on this earth.
• Now you and I might not have a specific calling to go abroad to another country;
• But we can pray and support those who do;
• And our calling of course is to start witnessing where we are.
• Quote from Richard Bach:
• "Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't."
Note: The apostle Paul made three missionary journeys:
• We have read and already studied his first missionary journey in Acts chapters 13 & 14.
• This first expedition lasted at least two years,
• His second missionary journey is found in Acts chapters 16, 17 and 18.
• This trip is likely to have lasted at least three years.
• This is what we are currently looking at in our studies.
• And in a few weeks-time we will read and study his third missionary journey;
• In Acts chapters 19, 20 and 21.
• This final trip would last about five years.
Note: In Acts chapter 17 we are travelling with Paul on his 2nd missionary journey:
• After teaching some in Berea,
• Paul departed ahead of Silas and Timothy his friends and co-workers;
• And heads to Athens, possibly to spend the winter there - 51-52 AD (verses 14-15).