Today is Thursday, October 26th, 2017. Today we look at Acts 17. Have you ever scrolled past a Youtube video or an article to the comments sections? No matter what the video or article is, it could be the cutest video kittens and puppys living in harmony, and yet it doesn’t take long to find a disagreement going on. It sometimes is about a completely different subject than whatever the video or article is covering. There are those who enjoy creating this kind of disruption. Especially when it comes to matters of faith. Paul and Silas experienced this in Thessalonica. As believers I pray that we would engage and boldly proclaim truth, but also have to wisdom to know when to disengaged and not argue for argument sake. Our primary motivation is not being right, it is the life change that Christ brings - Austin
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever been in a debate or argument where you just couldn’t get through? What did you do?
_ Have you ever felt as though no matter what you said to someone they were hostile to the Gospel?
Lord let us not be discouraged by detractors from your gospel, but let us proclaim truth when given the opportunity and depend upon Your Holy Spirit to move hearts and minds. Regenerate all of us in Christ's holy name.
DISCOVER [Acts 17:1-15]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” 4 And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. 5 But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. 6 And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, 7 and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” 8 And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. 9 And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go. 10 The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14 Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.
_ In vs. 1-3 What did Paul Do with the Jews?
_ In vs. 4 What was the response of some?
_ In vs. 5 What did the Jews do?
_ In vs. 6 What did the Jews say to the city authorities?
_ In vs. 10-11 what were the Jews like in Berea?
_ In vs. 12 What was their response to the Gospel?
_ In vs. 13 What did the Jews from Thessalonica do?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Do you care more about being right or more about the life changing truth of the Gospel?
_ Are you an agitator like the Jews from Thessalonica were or are you someone who is eager to share and discuss like Paul?
_ Do you need compassion for those whom you disagree with? Do you need to apologize to someone in humility who you argued with? Even if you were right maybe you were callous someone.
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?