Acts 17:16-34“Get the Message Out”
Many of us went to the voting polls this past week to cast our votes for the politicians who’s message we resonated the most with. Over the course of the last couple of months they used every mode of communication they could to get their message out to the people. The Apostle Paul was not in a political race but had a message he needed to get out to the people in Athens, the Gospel.
In Acts 17:16-34, Paul shows us 4 steps to effectively get out the greatest message, the Gospel. These steps the Spirit used back then and still uses today to bring people into His Kingdom.
The 4 steps are:
1. Observing culture that leads to a provoked spirit
2. Engaging everyone/everywhere
3. Finding common ground when engaging people
4. Contextualizing the Gospel
Here are some questions to think through this week as you recap the sermon and engage with Acts 17:16-34.
—What are the idols in your city and in your heart? How is the Holy Spirit provoking you to respond to these idols?
—Who and where did Paul engage people with the Gospel? Who and where are those people and places in your life your called to engage?
—How did Paul find common ground with those he was engaging? Why is finding common ground so important when engaging people, especially in conversations about the Gospel.
—Why did Paul begin with God as Creator with the Greeks rather then starting with Abraham, Moses and David as was his custom with the Jews?
—Who do I need to share this message with this week?
—What specifically is the Lord calling me to obey from Acts 17:16-34?