Sunday School Lesson 817 Paul Preaches in Athens at Mars Hill

Lesson: 817 Lesson Name: Paul Preaches in Athens at Mars Hill
Theme: Real Opportunity / God's Power and Greatness

Reading: Acts 17:13-34

Memory Verse: Acts 17:31
Memory Verse Text: He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness.

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Point 1: Paul likely moves on by ship to Athens. A city given over to idolatry. Others have accompanied him there and he sends them back to Berea with a message for Silas and Timothy to come. As Paul waits - he is stirred as he sees the ungodliness of the city. He speaks in the synagogue and in the market. He was met by some who bring him to Mars Hill - a meeting place of those in v21.
Point 2: He preaches plainly to them of their altars and devotions to the many heathen gods - showing the folly of thinking that God is like unto something fashioned with gold or silver. He declares to them the ONE GOD that they do not know.
Point 3: His message is full orbed - warning, the need for repentance, and a risen Christ. Notice - he does not even name the Saviour. It was likely a well published thing that Christians claimed this. It seems that they had already discussed and dismissed it as impossible. O the folly of the wise of this world 1Cor.1:20.
Point 4: Some openly mocked. Their minds were closed. Others proclaimed that they would like to hear this all again. Unconvinced yet thinking they could trifle with the Word and had the right to subject it to their mind and opinions without the desire to obey or respond to it.

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Summary: Paul walked away - never to come back to Athens! It was their only chance. They missed it.


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