Effectively Proclaiming the Gospel to an Idolatrous Culture

LifeWay Pastors | 6/14/2018 | Daniel Im
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In Acts 17:16-32, we read Paul’s famous preaching of the gospel to the Greeks in Athens. Paul was familiar and aware of their idolatrous culture and it grieved him. Knowing that many of them were probably resistant, and even hostile to the gospel, Paul had to strategically communicate to them. While many were reluctant to hear the Truth, there were also those who deeply longed for fulfillment and were curious about Paul’s peculiar message. With great courage, compassion, and faith, Paul stepped into their world and delivered a challenging message that ultimately brought light in the darkness, and hope to the hopeless. There’s a lot we can learn about how Paul delivered this message and why understanding our audience will greatly impact our effectiveness.

Paul’s method of communicating the gospel to a lost culture first begins with understanding the audience to whom we are speaking. In this training video, Trevin Wax says that evangelism doesn’t start with a heart that just seeks to persuade and win arguments, but instead it starts with a heart that is broken for lost people. In this text, Paul grieves the idolatry of the culture. He is familiar with it but grieves what he sees. If we do not try and understand the paradigm of the people we are trying to reach, how then are we going to present the gospel in a...
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