ACTS 17:1-9 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” 4 And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. 5 But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. 6 And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, 7 and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” 8 And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. 9 And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Faith in Jesus for salvation is less like jumping off a cliff hoping to fly, and more like boarding a well-built, thoroughly-inspected airplane piloted by someone you trust completely. When Paul arrives at Thessalonica, he shows the locals that the gospel is reasonable, promised in the Old Testament Scriptures, explainable, proven, and necessary. In addition to being reasonable, the gospel is revolutionary. Among many other things, Christianity radically changed who people’s ultimate allegiance was to. No longer did they confess Caesar as Lord; rather, they boldly proclaimed “there is another king, Jesus.”
But He is no ordinary King. He’s the one we’ve offended through our sin; he’s the one to whom we owe a debt we cannot pay. And yet Paul says in Colossians 2 that Jesus “cancelled our record of debt” by being “nailed to the cross.” Jesus called up all our debt and paid for it by dying in our place for ours sins. He’s the king who saves by grace and the king who commands you to repent, put your faith in him, and follow him in this glorious revolution. Kill him or crown him, you have no other choice but these.
1. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Acts 17:1-9 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?
2. How do you think most people would define faith? How do you think the Bible defines faith?
3. What do you find difficult to believe concerning Christianity? What is the most convincing argument (for you personally) that leads you to believe Jesus is in fact our Savior-King?
4. How has Christianity revolutionized the world? How has Jesus revolutionized you?
5. How can we pray for you as a group?
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