Sunday, February 6, 2011

Paul's Pattern For Preaching

Acts 17:12 (NLT)
As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.

We see Paul's methodology for preaching Christ:

- find people at a time and place when they are open to spiritual matters.

- using scripture and reasoning, explain that Jesus is the Messiah (the Christ).

Acts 17:27 (NLT)
"His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him-though he is not far from any one of us.

- this translation uses "nation," but most others use "people." The underlying Greek word is usually 'ethnos' meaning groups of peoples of all sorts.

- Here are some longer notes on this:

Acts 17:32 (NLT)
When they heard Paul speak about the resurrection of the dead, some laughed in contempt, but others said, "We want to hear more about this later."

- The variety of ways in which people respond to the message hasn't changed much in two thousand years.

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