Text: Acts 17:22-31
Scripture: In Paul’s speech, he first establishes that he knows something of their culture, “I see that you are very religious in every respect” (verse 22). Then he proceeds to show a difference between their gods and the true God. Talk about the distinctions he makes.
Accountability: Verses 26-27 say, “From one man he has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live. He did this so that they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.”
- Did God put you in your exact house and town so that YOU might seek him; perhaps so YOU might reach out and find him?
- Think about your neighbors in light of this text. Did God put them close to you for a reason, “so that they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find him”?
- Then let’s talk about immigrant populations around the world. Is it possible God brought them outside of their countries, “so that they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find him”?
- In each of these scenarios, what is your reaction? What is your responsibility?
Transformation: Paul talks about the idols of the day in this text.
- What are some idols of our day?
- On Easter we celebrate the reality that Jesus, as God, did something no other god or idol has done – he came back to life after a brutal and horrific death. And his resurrection offers the gift of forgiveness of sins for me and for you. Then, and now, people choose to either believe, reject or delay their response. What is your response? Why do you think others choose differently?
- How does Jesus’ resurrection impact my everyday life?
- How would those who know you best answer that question about you?
- Do you sense there may be a need for a change in your heart and your life?
“We live and die. Christ died and lived!” —John Stott