Paul In Athens - Acts 17:16-34


Acts 17:16-34


I.                Given Over to Idols (vs. 16-21)

a. From verse 15 we know that Timothy and Silas were to join Paul in Athens.  What about Athens provoked the spirit of Paul? ____________ __________________________________________________________

b. Being provoked did Paul suffer in silence or did he choose a constructive outlet? __________________________________________  

c. Who was he purposefully reasoning with? ______________________


d. Babbler in verse 18 literally means “seed picker” and was a term used to describe a scrounger who subsisted by picking up scraps.  What about Paul may have led the Epicureans and Stoics to call him that? _______


e. However they viewed Paul what intrigued them to want to hear more and why? __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________


II.              The Areopagus (Mars Hill) (vs. 22-34)

a. Was the intro to Paul’s sermon inviting or repelling to the Athenians  and why? ___________________________________________________________

b. How does Paul seek to connect with his audience? ________________


c. Like the Roman’s the Greeks worshiped a pantheon of gods.  In their fear of not overlooking any they even had an alter with the inscription, “to the unknown god.”  Building on this observation what does Paul preach? ___________________________________________________________


d. Now that he has affirmed these people on one point what does he declare about all their other idols? _______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

e. Paul states that God made from one blood all every nation of men…to what purpose has he made us all (vs. 27)?  __________________________________


f. What about verses 30-31 brings Paul’s message to a point? _______________


g. What was the response to the message? ______________________________



III. Application:  Athens was a city of “religious” people.  Interestingly many people today declare themselves to be “spiritual” but not necessarily Christian. 

Looking at Paul’s example of first reasoning with those with a knowledge of God then to those religious (given to idols).  Was his time wasted in Athens? ______ ________________________________________________________________

How can we use this example to engage our culture? ______________________

   August 2019