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Summary: Pursuing a purpose for Life

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Quest For The Unknown

Acts17:16-34

QUEST: A seeking; hunting; pursuing

As hounds who have caught the scent of game

You & I - for 1999

History’s Quest

- 1999 World Almanac

Nobel Prize in Medicine = Viagra

- The most influential people for the last 1000 years

• William Shakespeare

• Isaac Newton

• Charles Darwin

- Mine would have been Christopher Columbus

1. A Quest Involves a Search

2, A Quest Results In A Discovery

3. The Quest Demands a Change

4. The Quest leaves a Record

1. The Quest Involves A Search - v.21

- Acts 17:21(KJV)

(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)

- 17:16 - Athens - Surroundings

- Paid no taxes to Rome

- A city of cultural pride

- The center of enlightenment in science, art, and literature

- Temples galore

- Full of breathtaking Architecture

Areopagus - Center Piece

- “Ares’ Gk. god of war was murder

- Corresponds to Roman god “Mars”

- Hill is 370 ft.

- Place where homicide were tried

- 3 sides have benches

- 2 white stones where the defendant and accuser stood

- Called - The Stone of Shamelessness

- The Stone of Pride

Our Athens

- We want familiarity with our surroundings

- Maintain a standard of living

- A routine with out risk

- Give to our families

Our Areopagus

We want morality to be legislated

but not our hearts

- 17:16 - Idols - Feelings

Acts 17:16 (KJV)

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.

Acts 17:22 (KJV)

Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.

- NKJV - you are very religious.

- City crowed in every direction with temples idols and objects of worship

- Our idols today is on a tree shaded lot

- Is parked in the driveway

- Seeking an education for our kids

- Having great vacations

- Most often the color of our idol is green - $$$$

17:18 - Philosophers- (Ideas)

Epicureans

- Teaching Personal Individuality

- Personal Happiness

- Present Happiness over future Happy

- No life after death

- Materialism

- Paul did not criticize pleasure but the denial of the Resurrection

- Personal experience most important

- If I have to risk let me risk it on an amusement ride

- If my marriage is unhappy - get out

- Get rich schemes

Stoic - Acts 17:28 reference comes from the

Stoic poet Aratus quoting from Phenomena”

- “For indeed we are his offspring”

- Thinking above feelings surpress your desires

- Live disciplined lives

- Live in harmony with nature

- Pantheism god is in everything

- Protect the environment but not the unborn

- Today’s thinking New Age - we are gods

17:20-21 - Exchanging ideas

2 The Quest Results In A Discovery

* Jesus - v.18 - Takes God’s Wrath

Acts 17:18 (KJV).

Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.

• Resurrection - v.18 - Central to faith


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