I taught from Acts 17 this morning, and I noticed something I haven’t noticed before. Paul’s presentation of the Gospel in Athens follows a pretty neat theme of “one.”
- One God & Creator (vv. 24-25)
- One Man (v. 26)
- One People (v. 26)
- One Search (v. 27-28)
- One Message, “Repent” (vv. 29-30)
- One Judgment (v. 31)
- One Savior (v. 31)
Some scoffed, some were curious, and others believed (vv. 32-34).
This observation raises a few questions for me. Do we sometimes complicate the gospel unnecessarily to boost our own egos? Do we see scoffing and hesitancy to believe as evidence that people aren’t responding when those are, in fact, responses?