The city of Corinth was the capital of the Province of Achaia, and one of the greatest cities in the Empire. It was famous for commerce and learning, but infamous for its wickedness.
- Consider the enormous task Paul faced in an evil and pagan city as he sought to found a church there. Note:
(a) the value of Christian fellowship (verses 2, 3; 5; 8) and
(b) the command and promises of God’s word to Paul (verses 9-11). Cf. 1 Cor.2:3.
Is this God’s answer to a depressed Christian worker?
Do these things encourage you in difficult situations?
- Compare the three distinct stages in Paul’s ministry mentioned in verses 4, 7 and 12.
What hindrances did Paul face and what encouragements came to him?
Notice that with the hindrances came new opportunities and new encouragements.
Let us pray for grace to be equally faithful.
Paul at Athens faces philosophers, who are eager to hear another man’s views in order that they may add these to their rag-bag of ideas, and who also have no background understanding of the Old Testament. See, if possible, Acts (TNTC), pp. 281-291 for a most helpful explanation of Paul’s visit.
- Verses 16, 21. From wha6t motives, and by what methods, did Paul proclaim the gospel?
Do you know anything of a divine jealousy provoked by the fact that people do not give Christ the allegiance that is his right?
- Verses 22-34. Study Paul’s sermon and note:
(a) how he gained the interest of his hearers (verses 22,23),
(b) what he taught about God in relation to the universe, mankind, idols and images (verses 24-29), and
(c) the response he argued which men needed to make to God (verses 30-34).
Paul sought to make the Christian message relevant to the thought and background of his hearers. He had no slick phraseology. What do you learn from this about preaching today?
Thessalonica was the metropolis and most populous city of Macedonia, a centre for both inland and maritime trade. Berea was a smaller town some sixty miles to the south-west.
- What do we learn from Paul’s visits and preaching at Thessalonica and Berea about:
(a) the places where he preached,
(b) the features of his preaching,
(c) his chief message,
(d) those who believed, and € the persecution that arose?
The same events are written about by Paul in 1 Thess. 1:1-2:16.
Do you realize that opportunities for strategic Christian witness may last only a short time?
What ought you to do?
- Verses 11, 12. How are those who attended the Jewish synagogue in Berea described, and why are they commended?
Are these features found in your life and Bible study?
A new period begins here, recording Paul’s greatest missionary effort and achievement: the evangelization of three important Roman provinces Macedonia, Achaia and Asia.
- Verses 6-10. By what various means was Paul guided at this time?
Trace on a map how remarkable the guidance was.
What indication is there from this that God does not always guide us in the way we might expect?
- Verses 11-15. The gospel comes to Europe. What evidence is there:
(a) that Luke, the author of Acts, joined Paul at this time;
(b) that the work began in a small way (with verses 13, cf. 13:14-16; 14:1, 2 and Zech. 4:10), and
(c) that Lydia was truly born again of the Holy Spirit?
Do you ever try to organize great work for God, rather than let God start a lasting work in a small way?