1. Watch for ways to find common ground (Acts 17:22-23)
Paul went where people were physically and began where they were
2. Illuminate poor views of God (Acts 17:24-26)
Paul gently but firmly exposed the errant views of the Athenians.
There is a knowable God. On that front they were wrong and needed correction.
3. Nurture that part of each person that wants to know God
Paul knew that there is a God-built part of every person that wants
to know God. When we talk to those who don’t know God, we need to assume this and
4. Study the world and its ways (Acts 17:28-30)
Paul was a student of the culture. Christians tend to isolate,
insulate, run and hide, gather up in our holy huddle and avoid the world—their way of
thinking, writing, singing, reasoning, influencing. We must learn to speak in a
language that the world understands.
5. Offer the proof of Christianity—the Resurrection (Acts
Paul spoke of the Resurrection. Christ’s resurrection is the focal
point of the faith, proving the central theme of Christianity. Without that fact we
have no religion (1 Corinthians 15:13-14).
6. Make clear every person’s accountability for his or her
life (Acts 17:30-31)
Paul didn’t mince words. There comes a time when folks need to be
told of a life audit.
7. Expect a variety of responses (Acts 17:5-9,
13, 18-20, 32-34)
Paul received varied responses. Some will be jealous. Others will
misrepresent what we are doing, accusing us of being troublemakers, agitating those
we’re trying to reach. But some will believe. And they are worth it!