St. Paul’s Mars Hill Sermon by Brock McCoy
The Greater Heritage Study Guides are concise yet thorough booklets that shed light on important Biblical truths, as well as significant moments and figures in church history.
In this Study Guide Brock McCoy presents an overview of St. Paul’s famous sermon before the Areopagus in Athens, Greece.
Brock demonstrates how Paul’s sermon is the perfect example for Christians today to learn from so that they can better present and live out the Gospel in a biblically illiterate context and culture.“By understanding what other people believe Christians can be better suited to reason and persuade the lost to trust in Christ, just like Paul did in Athens.”
The Areopagus was a council of old that held great power within the city of Athens. Paul’s sermon to them was a brilliant Spirit-led exposition of the Old Testament, logic, reason, Greek poetry, Greek religion, and the culture around him, which enabled him to present the Gospel clearly to an audience that, while highly educated, was unfamiliar to it.
Paul proclaimed the truth, reasoned, and persuaded them to repent and turn to Christ.
For the Christian today the account provides great hope and assurance regarding evangelism and apologetics. It teaches us that it is not up to believers to save anyone. All believers are responsible for is sharing the message of hope.
Whether men respond or not, that does not dictate victory or loss in the life of the testifier. Regardless of the outcome the believer is always victorious when sharing the good news of Christ.
Some will believe and some will not. It is simply the Christian’s job to stand and proclaim the wondrous works of God.“Regardless of the outcome the believer is always victorious when sharing the good news of Christ.”
Brock’s Study Guide also teaches believers the importance of having a burden for the lost, for understanding the worldviews of others as a means to more effective witnessing and to be courageous and committed to the gospel no matter the audience or situation.
Ultimately, by understanding what other people believe Christians can be better suited to reason and persuade the lost to trust in Christ, just like Paul did in Athens.
- Historical-Cultural Context
- Literary Context
- Athens Upon Paul’s Arrival
4. The Sermon (Acts 17:16-31)
- Verses 16 and 17
- Verse 18
- Verses 19-21
- Verses 22-23
- Verses 24-25
- Verses 26-27
- Verses 28-29
- Verses 30-31
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