Paul in Athens - Acts 17:16-34

Paul in Athens - Acts 17:16-34

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  • “He’s preaching the words of a foreign God.”
  • "May you tell us of the words you are preaching, for they are new to us."
  • "We would like to know what they mean."
  • Waiting in the city of Athens Paul saw that the area was full of idols. He reasoned with the people of the synagogue - both the Jews and the Greeks - and travelled to the city center preaching the Name of the Lord.
  • “God began by creating one man, and from there he made every other man.
  • “He is the God who created every living creature on this earth. He gave people life and breath and every other necessity needed.”
  • "He decided who they would be and where they would live. He is the giver of all life.”
  • Some men questioned him, confused as to who he was talking about, speaking such words as “What is this man trying to say?”
  • “God wished his people would look for him, reach out and find him; but he is not as far as you all think. He is beside you all right now, in every moment and minute.”
  • "It is through him we are able to live and survive, how we act and our thoughts are a result of his actions."
  • "As your own poets once said 'We all come from him.'"
  • The men then took Paul to a meeting of the council. They wondered about the teachings he preached as they had never heard of them before. The people of Athens requested him to tell them of the new ideas brought forward.
  • “We have all come from God so we must not assume he is something precious such as gold or silver for that is only an image created by the human mind and not of God himself.”
  • “God will soon judge us all, for all our wrongdoing. He will do this through a man he appointed. Already proving to the world of his existence by raising him from the dead.”
  • He continued, telling them now, how God had created the universe, the earth and every living creating inside the earth.
  • Paul then speaks of how God had wanted his people to look for him and reach out. He speaks of how God is never far. How he is always present, in every breath of air and every gust of wind.
  • Paul then continues, telling them that in the past God overlooked their ignorance, but now he commands them all to repent. For he will soon judge the world in righteousness, through a man whom he has appointed, proving him to the world by raising him from the dead.
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