As those of you who read this blog know, I’m preparing four messages for my time at Emmaus Bible College’s “Christian Ministry Seminars” February 6 and 7. One of my messages — The main topic for my series is “Anti-Intellectualism Isn’t Spirituality!” — will survey Paul’s experience at Mars Hill in Acts 17. He uses his mind to engage his audience and provides, I believe, a model for our doing the same in our culture.
The first task we need to take on is carefully reading Acts 17:16-34 which says —
I’m not sure how you study a passage of Scripture, but I want to work our way through this text sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, and observe carefully Paul’s approach to these people. We will start that process in our next post.
May I suggest that you either read this text in a Bible you don’t mind marking up — or print out this post and mark up the text? Make as many observations as you can. What terms need to be defined? What principles do you see in using your mind to love the Lord and reach the people around you?
Who’s with me? Jot a note in the comment section below!