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They Turned the World Upside Down (9 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
TEXT: Acts 17:1-14 (vs. 6b)
INTRODUCTION: In our last lesson, we looked at (16:25-40) and the conversion of the Philippian jailor. Tonight, we will exam the continued efforts of Paul, Silas and Timothy, as they pick up their missionary journey, traveling to Thessalonica and Berea. Let's put down two things:
I. A Visit to Thessalonica
II. A Visit to Berea
I. A VISIT TO THESSALONICA (VV. 1-9)
The Bible says in (vs. 1), "Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica...." Paul's trip to Thessalonica was about 100 miles from Philippi. On the way to Thessalonica, they passed through these two cities--Amphipolis and Apollonia. Keep in mind; because it says "they passed through" does not mean that Paul did not preach the gospel there. He was a witness wherever he went. In Romans 15:19, he said, "Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ." Amphipolis and Apollonia were not very far from the area of Illyricum. So we know that Paul gave them the gospel. However, his intention was to go to Thessalonica. Thessalonica was one of the most affluent and influential cites in the region, with many thousands of residents.
As Paul arrived in this city, two things took place. Consider first of all...
A. Paul's Reasoning (vv. 1-4)
1. You will notice that Paul reasoned with them
"out of the Scriptures." Keep in mind; the New Testament had not yet been completed. Paul, himself, would eventually come to write almost half of the New Testament. He reasoned with them out of the Old Testament Scriptures. That's not hard to do, for Jesus is taught in type and symbol and direct quote throughout the Old Testament. It doesn't say what passages Paul used, but he may well have used:
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