Monday, August 18, 2008

Caesarea: Facing Secular People, Acts 23:23-26:32

Last Sunday, co-teacher Curt picked up on current Olympics news and used Michael Phelps as an example of discipline. He succeeded in getting the class talking (interested in what he had to say). Then he likened this to Paul and the courage and discipline he possessed to go to Jerusalem even when he knew there would be trouble.

Sonshine’s study questions for this week’s lesson, “Caesarea: Facing Secular People,” leads with essentially the same idea (disciplined athlete) using Paul’s own words (see 2 Tim 4:7-8). You can create a lesson plan based on her questions, I think.

As I read the background passages, the word ‘curious’ came to mind. The Roman commander was curious as to why the Jews accused Paul (Acts 23:28). King Agrippa was curious to hear Paul (Acts 25:22).

How did Paul create curiosity? His listeners wanted to learn something they didn’t already know. So what was the 'news' Paul presented in Acts 24:10-21, Acts 25:10-11, and Acts 26?

Print media creates curiosity with interest grabbing headlines. Audio media uses sound bytes to create curiosity. Video media uses video clips. This suggests one way to begin this lesson is to put together a collage of attention grabbing headlines from this week’s news, and present your selections to get people interested. In addition, make up your own lesson headline for Acts 23:23-26:32 and present it to create curiosity about the lesson. Be creative!

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