Sermon August 26, 2012

Today is a day for Good-byes.

Paul and Silas seemed to always be saying their good byes in the dark, under threat of arrest or jail, sneaking over the wall of one city to find safety in a different town. Fortunately those who joined us for the summer; Eva, Grant, Kathleen, Ben and Sarah aren’t sneaking off and so we want, in broad daylight, to thank them and bless them along with all returning students. Thank you for pouring into this place and we bless you back to your places of study. You are loved! You are precious! It’s Jesus who says so and we agree. Thank you for sharing your lives with us, thank you for using your gifts and  energy here with us and with our kids. You have led us well here.

Life and courage to you all!

Sermon, August 26th, 2012 – Andrew Allison Acts 17

Acts 17 – Study Questions

1.  Describe a visit you had to a big city. What impressed you most?   Did anything disturb you?

2. Imagine what it would be like to call Jesus “King” in the time of the Caesars. How would that have gone over and why?

3. The Bereans “examined the Scriptures every day…” is there something that keeps you from reading your Bible daily? What would help you get into that ‘noble’ habit?

4. Paul was distressed to see the idols in Athens. What makes idols dangerous?

5. Read verses 24-31 where Paul explains Christian faith. What part of this makes the most sense to you? What part is confusing?

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