Some Will, Some Won’t

Sunday, December 3, 2017 ()

Bible Text: Acts 17:1-15 | Series:

Some Will, Some Won’t

Acts 17:1–15

We must allow the Lord to direct the gospel message where He wills, when He wills, how He wills, and to whom He wills. We must be always ready to give the gospel message wherever, whenever, however, and to whomever He wills.

  1. Some will be persuaded to become Christians - 1–4
    1. The missionaries travelled through two principle cities to preach the gospel at Thessalonica.
    2. Paul followed a pattern of first preaching to Jews at the synagogues.
    3. Paul’s line of reasoning was based solely upon the Scriptures.
      1. To open up closed minds by way of explanation - Luke 24:32  And they said to one another, "Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?" 
      2. To set before as conclusive proof.
    4. The Scriptures reveal a suffering and risen Messiah - Isaiah 53:10
    5. Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies concerning the Messiah.
    6. Some were persuaded and convinced and joined up - 1 Thes 1:5–10
  1. Some will not be persuaded to become Christians - 5–9
    1. Persecution this time began with the Jews. They were begrudging and so they stirred up a riot against Paul and Silas.
    2. Jason was the whipping boy. He bore the brunt of the hostility.
    3. Three accusations were made:
      1. The Christians were troublemakers upsetting the status quo.
      2. The Christians were going against Caesar by following Jesus.
      3. Jason sided with them.
    4. There was a price paid and money was lost because of their faith.
  1. Some will be eager to receive the word of God - 10–12
    1. The Jews at Berea proved to be of a better disposition, more thoughtful, and less bullheaded than the Jews at Thessalonica.
    2. They dove into the Bible and wanted to see for themselves what God said about the Messiah.
    3. They investigated and studied the claim that Jesus is the Christ who suffered and died and rose again.
  1. Some will be stirred up against the word of God - 13–15
    1. There will always be those who resist God’s word and deny others the opportunity to hear it - Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirs up strife, And a furious man abounds in transgression.

The contrast is the difference between heaven and hell. Which are you?

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