Paul in Athens
Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe
v16-21 - A CITY FULL OF IDOLS
v22-28 - YOU ARE VERY RELIGIOUS
1. God does not live in temples
2. God made the nations
3. God made mankind for himself
v29-31 - GOD IS NOT US
THE REALITY OF RESURRECTION
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
The Epicureans believed that everything happens by chance, and death is the end—extinction with no afterlife. They believed there are gods, but those gods have nothing to do with the world. They were practical agnostics who believed pleasure is the chief end of man and that a simple lifestyle is the most pleasurable. The Stoics were pantheists, believing that everything is god and that whatever happened to them was their destiny. Consequently, they sought to live with apathy and detachment—fatalistic resignation. Together, these two philosophies represented the popular pagan alternatives for dealing with the plight of humanity apart from Christ. Epicureanism? Simple lifestyle. Stoicism? Apathy.
Celebration Song List
CELEBRATE Who God Is
Come Christians Join To Sing
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
CONNECT Our Need for Christ
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion
Before The Throne Of God Above
CONTRIBUTION of Praise
Rock Of Ages
Community Group Questions
Look at Acts 17:16-21. When Paul entered Athens it says that “his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.” As we look at our own culture, there is a proliferation of ideas on morality and ultimate meaning that shape and guide the lives of our community. Can you identify some of these beliefs and share them with the group? How do you tend to react to the more idolatrous beliefs?
Paul tells the Athenians, “I perceive that in every way you are very religious.” Our religious pursuits flow from our view of reality. We live in a very busy culture. What does our busyness, and the things we are busy with, tell us about what we believe about ultimate reality?
In order to correct the false religion of the Athenians, Paul challenges their view of reality by giving them the truth: that God made the world, that God made the nations, and that God made mankind for himself. How do these three realities challenge both the Athenians and our lives? What else might we remember about who God is and what is his gospel that might correct our functional view of reality?