M2013 s38 to know the unknown

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M2013 s38 to know the unknown

  1. 1. ToKnowtheActs 17:16-34by Jim BradshawMaudchurch of ChristMay 19, 2013Sunday Evening
  2. 2. Wouldn’t You like to know theFuture?
  3. 3. The men of Athens considered themselves to be superior toothers due to their intelligenceRead 1 Corinthians1:22-29
  4. 4. Exasperated!!!Act 17:16-17 NKJV Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, hisspirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was givenover to idols. (17) Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with theJews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily withthose who happened to be there.Provoked: (paroxunō) to make sharp, sharpen; to stimulate, spuron, urge; to irritate, provoke, arouse to anger; to scorn, despise;provoke, make angry; to exasperate, to burn with anger• Almost the whole town were Idol worshippers!!!• Over 30,000 Idols were worshipped by on 10,000 residents
  5. 5. Strange New LeftoversAct 17:18-21 NKJV Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophersencountered him. And some said, "What does this babbler want to say?"Others said, "He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods," because hepreached to them Jesus and the resurrection. (19) And they took himand brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this newdoctrine is of which you speak? (20) For you are bringing some strangethings to our ears. Therefore we want to know what these things mean."(21) For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent theirtime in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.Babbler – (spermologos) a seed picker
  6. 6. Strange New LeftoversAct 17:18-21 NKJV Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophersencountered him. And some said, "What does this babbler want to say?"Others said, "He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods," because hepreached to them Jesus and the resurrection. (19) And they took himand brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this newdoctrine is of which you speak? (20) For you are bringing some strangethings to our ears. Therefore we want to know what these things mean."(21) For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent theirtime in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.Daimonion not theos – which means a demon. To the Greeksdemons were dead men who had been deified.
  7. 7. We Used to beUniqueSimply “speak where the Bible speaks”1Pe 2:9 NKJV But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, aholy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praisesof Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
  8. 8. Read Acts 17:22-31KJV says, “too superstitious” most others say “very religious”• Was this a compliment or an insult?Act 17:23 NKJV for as I was passing through and consideringthe objects of your worship, I even found an altar with thisinscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the Onewhom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:
  9. 9. Paul’s Lesson:• We must believe in God; Hebrews 11:6• We are God’s Offspring: Gen 1:26 NKJV Then God said, "Let Usmake man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them havedominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and overthe cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creepson the earth.“• God is no man-made idol; John 4:24• No longer times of ignorance; Salvation has been made to all.• All must repent; Luke 13:3, 5• There will be a judgment day; Eccl. 12:13-14; Heb. 9:27
  10. 10. There is aResurrectionRom 6:3-6 NKJV Or do you not know that as many of us as werebaptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? (4)Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, thatjust as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of theFather, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (5) For if wehave been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly wealso shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, (6) knowingthis, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sinmight be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
  11. 11. Act 17:32-34 NKJV And when they heard of the resurrection of thedead, some mocked, while others said, "We will hear you again onthis matter." (33) So Paul departed from among them. (34)However, some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysiusthe Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.Joined: kollaō - to glue together

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