[Acts 17] Evangelism in Athens

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Dong Kim
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2024-06-07 14:20
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Friday, June 7

Acts 17:16-34
  • 16Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.
  • 17So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there.
  • 18Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, "What does this babbler wish to say?" Others said, "He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities"--because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection.
  • 19And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting?
  • 20For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean."
  • 21Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.
  • 22So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: "Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious.
  • 23For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, 'To the unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.
  • 24The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,
  • 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.
  • 26And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,
  • 27that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,
  • 28for "'In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your own poets have said, "'For we are indeed his offspring.'
  • 29Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.
  • 30The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,
  • 31because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead."
  • 32Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, "We will hear you again about this."
  • 33So Paul went out from their midst.
  • 34But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.
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