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Acts 17


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Acts 17

  1. 1. Acts 17:1-34Proclaiming Christ
  2. 2. Endurance• The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. (Acts 16:22- 23)• They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and encouraged them. Then they left. (Acts 16:39-40)
  3. 3. Endurance• When they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica (Acts 17:1)• Philippi to Amphipolis – 27 miles• Amphipolis to Apollonia – 33 miles• Apollonia to Thessalonica – 40 miles• Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need (Philippians 4:15- 16)
  4. 4. Opposition• Sometimes the opposition is anti-Semitic• Sometimes the opposition is from the Jews• The enemy is behind it all (1 Thessalonians 2:18)• Paul may have had to change his plans• God is in control
  5. 5. Growth• These churches were so young Paul was prevented from being with them (1 Thessalonians 2:18) He prays for them constantly (1 Thessalonians 3:10) He is filled with joy on account of them (1 Thessalonians 3:9)
  6. 6. Growth• There is growth in numbers Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women. (Acts 17:6) Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men (Acts 17:12)
  7. 7. Growth• There is growth in maturity They examined the scriptures (Acts 17:11) They changed ( 1 Thessalonians 1:9) Their witness rang out to others (1 Thessalonians 1:8) They supported the ministry (Philippians 4:15-16)
  8. 8. Proclamation• To Jews Paul reasons from the scriptures (Acts 17:2, 11)• To Gentiles Paul appeals to their desire for knowledge His message is still rooted in scripture His message concerns the nature of God and human responsibility
  9. 9. Proclamation• For both Jews and gentiles the message is the same “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ,” “In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)
  10. 10. Division• Three responses1. Some of them sneered (Acts 17:32)2. Others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” (Acts 17:32)3. Some believed (Acts 17:34)