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Telling Others About Jesus. Acts 17. Jay Brennan www.dexterfirstbaptist.org. Background. Second Missionary Journey “distressed to see that the city was full of idols .” v.16 Epicureans – denied God’s existence Stoics – pantheists – God is in everything.

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acts 17

Telling Others About Jesus

Acts 17

Jay Brennan

www.dexterfirstbaptist.org

background
Background

Second Missionary Journey

  • “distressed to see that the city was full of idols.” v.16
  • Epicureans – denied God’s existence
  • Stoics – pantheists – God is in everything.
  • Paul knew the meaning of becoming all things to all men. I Corinthians 9:22
4 traits in paul s sharing jesus
4 Traits in Paul’s sharing Jesus
  • Courteous
  • Contemporary
  • Courageous
  • Christ-Centered
1 be courteous
1.Be Courteous
  • V.22 “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious…”
  • You cannot insult a person into the Kingdom of God.
  • 2:47 believers were… “praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.”
2 be contemporary
2. Be Contemporary
  • Find common ground
  • When he was courteous, he broke down barriers; when he was contemporary, he built bridges to the heart of his audience.
  • verse 23: “For as I walked around and observed your objects of worship, I found even an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD…”
  • Got to know people – got to know their city
  • He looked for connectors - bridges
3 be courageous
3. Be Courageous
  • verse 23: “Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.”
  • He tactfully tells them they don’t know what they are worshipping…and he knows the God….they don’t know.
  • We find common ground by listening, reading, watching and by observing.
  • Prayer: “Lord, give me an open door to share Jesus today.”
  • When the door opens, be courageous and step in.
4 be christ centered
4. Be Christ-Centered
  • Jesus is the world’s only hope- We must speak about Jesus. v.24-31
  • Tell them:

-We were made in the image of God

- We sinned – rebelled against God

Jesus, who is God in the flesh, took our place on the cross and paid the penalty for our sins as proven by His resurrection.

- Our sins are forgiven in Christ – As we trust in Him

- With our sins forgiven our relationship with God is restored and we have the gift of eternal life …because all of ours sins have been paid for.

people s 3 responses to our sharing jesus
People’s 3 Responses to our sharing Jesus
  • Contemptuous –v.32
  • Curious – v.32
  • Convinced – v.34
two thoughts
Two Thoughts
  • How people respond to the gospel is God’s responsibility.
  • How I respond to God is my responsibility….keep the main thing the main thing….be sold out to Jesus!
i m p a c t
I.M.P.A.C.T.
  • “I” - Instructing in God’s Word –in our Heads, Hearts and Hands
  • “M” - Mobilizing for Ministry – Wait, Watch and Work
  • “P” - Praying with Faith – First Resort, Utter Dependence, Earnestly, With Others, With Confidence in God
  • “A” - Adoring God in Worship -We are to see God as awesome and worship Him as our God and Savior.
  • “C” - Caring Like Jesus – Deeds done for those in need.
  • “T” - Telling Others About Jesus – Courteous, Contemporary, Courageous, Christ-Centered
summary
Summary
  • Prayer
  • Care
  • Share
  • This is much more effective than “sitting on them.”