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April 16, 2017
An Unknown God
Lesson Title: Welcome
In this lesson, you will…
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In this lesson, you will know…
People in Thessalonica rioted to get rid of the missionaries. (Acts 17:5-9)
People in Berea eagerly received the message about Jesus. (Acts 17:11-12)
People in Athens reasoned with Paul philosophically. (Acts 17:21)
In this lesson, you will feel…
Courageous and ready to face different responses to the Gospel.
Eager to search the Bible and to learn the truth, like the Bereans.
In this lesson, you will do…
Compare and contrast the three different reactions of theses cities.
Create a Gospel presentation in the form of an infomercial.
DiscipleSkill: Share the Good News – Review what they have learned.
The Holy Spirit encourages believers to face any
kind of response
to the Gospel.
Ask God to provide opportunities to reach people for Him in their
Pray that God would spark your interest to boldly witness to your friends and family no matter what response
Key Verse 2
For this is what the Lord has commanded us:
“I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.”
Key Verse 1
On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God
had done through them
and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.
For it is by grace
you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that
no one can boast.
Key Verse 3
In their hearts humans plan
their course, but the Lord establishes
Key Verse 4
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In Paul’s time, Thessalonica
was the capital of Macedonia. It was a busy and prosperous seaport
on the Aegean Sea. Known as Salonika
today, it is still the
center of government
for northern Greece.
2nd Journey Map: TESSALONICA
Bereans had a hunger for truth and a willingness to search the Scriptures. West of Thessalonica, Paul and Silas probably covered the fifty-three-mile walk in three days. Today, Berea is known as Veroia, a city in Macedonia, northern Greece.
2nd Journey Map: BEREA
Two hundred miles to the south lay Athens, the impressive Greek cultural and educational center. This famous and ancient city has a long history of religious mythology and idol worship. The remains of many temples and statues honoring Greek gods still decorate the modern city.
2nd Journey Map: ATHENS
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Today Paul will travel to three different towns and find three different responses to the message he preached.
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3 Towns – 3 Responses
2nd Journey Map
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Let’s read Acts 17:1-9
1 When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2 As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said. 4 Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.
Read: Acts 17:1-9
5 But other 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. 6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, 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.” 8 When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. 9 Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go.
Read: Acts 17:1-9 . b
Why did Paul go to the Jewish synagogue?
How many weeks did he preach in the synagogue?
How did the audience respond?
What did the jealous Jews do?
Why do you think they were jealous?
What happened to Paul and Silas
What happened to Paul’s friends?
Read: Acts 17:1-9 . B - Questions
After being run out of town, Paul and Silas could have given up or been discouraged.
Guess what did they do as soon
as they entered Berea?
They went to the Jewish synagogue
Acts 17:10-15 - intro
Let’s read Acts 17:10-15
10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.
11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
Read Acts 17:10-15
13 But when the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, some of them went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up.
14 The believers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea.
15 Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.
Read Acts 17:10-15 – b
Who received Paul’s message?
Who arrived to cause trouble in Berea?
What happened to the missionaries?
Acts 17:10-15 – questions
Let’s read Acts 17:16-34
16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. 18 A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate 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. 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? 20 You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.”
Read Acts 17:16-34 – a
20 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed 21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)
22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 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. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. 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 human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.
Read Acts 17:16-34 – ab
26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
Read Acts 17:16-34 – ac
26 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed.He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
32 When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.”
33 At that, Paul left the Council.
34 Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.
Read Acts 17:16-34 – ad
What was the city of Athens filled with?
Who were the first people Paul reasoned or debated with?
Who were the next group of people Paul reasoned with?
What did the intellectual people love to do?
What inscription did Paul find on a statue?
How did Paul use the inscription as a way to witness?
What were some truths Paul told them about God?
Wherever they went, Paul, Silas, and Timothy told people three things about Jesus:
Jesus died for everyone’s sins.
Jesus came alive again after death.
Jesus offers forgiveness to everyone.
How would you present Jesus to someone?
Pick a partner. It can be your dad, mom, and or brother and sister. Practice over the week.
You will make a presentation to the class next Sunday.
Read Acts 17:1-9 then grade the Thessalonians accordingly. Share your findings with your class next Sunday.
Read Acts 17:10-15 then grade the Thessalonians accordingly. Share your findings with your class next Sunday.
Read Acts 17:16-34 then grade the Thessalonians accordingly. Share your findings with your class next Sunday.
Now, think about yourself. How do you respond to the Word of God? Grade your attitude, your listening, and your eagerness towards the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Be prepared to share with your class next Sunday.
See you next Sunday!
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Expectationsin it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.
32 When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to