Jesus in a Tolerant Culture (1 of 2) by Doug Tegner

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Jesus in a Tolerant Culture (1 of 2)
Doug Tegner
Acts 17:16-36

Slides of Jesus and the Passion of Christ from MAG COVERS
1 Passion of Christ – Everyone was talking about it.
2 Newsweek

Realities of a "Tolerant" Culture - 17:16-21

long past zenith, past its glory, university city
Paul waiting for Silas and Tim., on way to Corinth

Personal Awareness – vs. 16
? Take Notice – Look. Observe. Think. Read.

? Understand the Climate – full of idols; (wholly given to)
pagan worship. Estimates of 30,000 gods/idols in Athens!
"easier to find a god than a man"
City was absorbed with superstitions and pagan worship

? Stir to Action – Greatly Disturbed; Spirit Provoked
? Idols reveal their capacity for God, yet they were all distorted
? Bothered Paul: the Glory due to God was being given to idols.
Is. 65:2-3 – All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations – a people who continually provoke me, to my very face, offering sacrifices in gardens and burning incense on altars of bricks...

Is. 42:8 – I am the Lord, that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.

Engage Personally – vs. 17- 21
? Reason with the Spiritually Sensitive
? Many were God-fearing, Jews and Greeks
? Do you know people who are "God-fearing" but not Christ followers?

"marketplace w/ those happened to be there."
Agora= marketplace; center of public life.
Business, govt., commerce, Commoners
Mall, "community", coffee shop, leisure (Soccer field), airplanes
Wherever people are, gather to talk, serious discussions, ideas

? Dialoguing with the "Intellectuals"

? Anticipate Personal Attacks
Name-calling is normal: "babbler"
(lit. Seed-picker, birds hopping from seed to seed.)
Today: "Fundy, narrow, right wing, "oh, you're one of those"
"You've got weird beliefs!" (funny coming from Athens!)
We must no ...

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