Putting God's Word into Practice…

Acts 17:1-9 Power of Reason

on July 14, 2012

Paul and Silas traveled to Thessalonica.  Here Paul, spent his customary three weeks in the synagogue reasoning, explaining, and proving Christ’s death and resurrection. He didn’t just give them a cut and dry detail of the event, he shared with them why it was NECESSARY for Christ to die.  Which leads me to believe Paul pointed out their sinfulness and their need for a Savior, and how Jesus was the fulfillment of their promised Messiah.

People started to be persuaded with the good news, including Greeks and leading women.  I find it wonderful that Luke included throughout this book the amount of women who believed the message of Jesus.  Women are influential and without their persuasion Christianity would probably not have taken root.  Women are part of God’s plan.  He put them over and over in places where they too would hear the good news about Jesus and turn to Him.

My favorite quote from these 9 verses is from the jealous Jewish mob regarding Paul and Silas.  “These men who have turned the world upside down…”  Two men=highly effective ministry!  A lot of times we think, “What can I do for God?  I’m just one person.”  YOU CAN TURN THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN FOR HIM!  A lot of Christians think they want to be history makers for God’s kingdom, but this task is not easy and glamorous.  It doesn’t come only with radio broadcasts and book deals.  Turning the world upside down is a selfless, tireless, dangerous, lonely mission.  It requires faithfulness, prayer, boldness, and single-minded purpose!


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