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Empowered: “The Fire Is Spreading – Part Two”

Acts of the Apostles 17:27 NLT

A. Paul’s second mission trip continues...
1. There are four mission trips made by Paul referenced in Acts: First Mission Trip, Acts 13-14; Second Mission Trip, Acts 15:36-18:23; Third Mission Trip, Acts 18:24-21:14; and Fourth Mission Trip, Acts 26:30-28:30.
2. The first three journeys all start in Antioch of Syria.
3. The first two end at Antioch and the third journey ends in Jerusalem.
4. The fourth journey begins at Jerusalem and ends in Rome.
B. Cities on the second trip...
1. Thessalonica – a large city of over 200,000. It was a port city with a great diversity of beliefs. It was the seat of the Roman Governor for Macedonia. It was very wealthy but had high unemployment.
2. Berea – a city in northern Greece. It was rather obscure as Paul, Silas and Timothy fled there by night to escape the mobs in Thessalonica. They were very open to the gospel.
3. Athens – Athens was the site of the Parthenon, as it was visible on the Acropolis even before reaching land. It was known as the center of philosophy. It was also a port city and had a great diversity of thought.
4. Corinth – Corinth was the heavily populated Roman capital of Achaia (Greece). Corinth was wealthy as most ships needed to pass through there. It was a Roman colony and citizens were Roman citizens.
5. Ephesus – A prominent city of 100-200,000. It was the site of the governor of the Roman province of Asia.
6. Jerusalem – He went “up” to Jerusalem.
7. Antioch – He went “down” to Antioch!
C. Momentous experiences on the trip…
1. In the synagogues, in Thessalonica, Paul reasoned with them from the Scriptures and there were many converts. Some Jews, many God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women. In Athens, there were many converts including Dionysius and Damaris.
2. Prominent women are mentioned multiple times in Acts. Luke recorded the place of women in ministry. In a number of these Greek cultures, women were recognized and exercised more freedom than in other cultures.
3. Damaris, in Athens, was a member of the Areopagus (a 100 member ruling city council). She was probably one of the Hetairai, a highly intellectual class of women who associated with judges, statesmen, and philosophers. Women in these circles could even hold public office.
4. Priscilla and Aquila had fled Rome and arrived in Corinth. Paul teamed up with them, traveling to Syria. Priscilla and Aquila were a wife and husband teaching team. They taught Apollos. They were tent makers and people of the same trade often lived together and ran shops in the same neighborhood. Women often worked alongside of their husbands as artisans. Priscilla was recognized as the stronger teacher of the team and recognized by Paul as a fellow worker, a term used for pastors and teachers, as referred to Titus and Timothy.
Acts of the Apostles 17:16 NLT

1. Paul is standing on Mars Hill surrounded by intellectuals of that day.
Acts of the Apostles 17:18 NLT

2. The philosophers were open to hear his words.
Acts of the Apostles 17:19-21 NLT

3. He complimented their religious thoughts and found a way to identify with them.
Acts of the Apostles 17:22 NLT

4. He offered an explanation to a question they couldn’t answer. He defined the unknown god.
Acts of the Apostles 17:24-26 NLT

5. He let them know that this God was knowable.
Acts of the Apostles 17:27-28 NLT

6. He even related their own poets to the true God.
Acts of the Apostles 17:28 NLT

7. He left them wanting to know more about this God who loved them and had a plan for their lives.
Acts of the Apostles 17:32 NLT

1. When is the best time to share your faith?
2. What is the most convincing argument to share?
3. Are there certain times that are better to share with others?
4. What should you judge as success when you share with others?
5. What is the best method to share your faith?
6. What happens if your words are not accepted?
7. Always look for opportunities to share, realizing that the ultimate timing and success belongs to God!
Acts of the Apostles 18:19-21 NLT

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