Friday, August 22, 2008

PPT slides for "Caesarea: Facing Secular People", Acts 23-26

Based on my posts this week, I prepared PowerPoint slides to use in teaching "Caesarea: Facing Secular People", based on Acts 23:23-26:32.


Anonymous said...

In the third section of the lesson (i.e. Acts 26: 24) Festus ridicules Paul and declares him to be 'out of his mind'.

When facing secular people Christians should keep in mind 1 Corinthians 1: 18 "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."

Keeping these realities in mind our motivation in witnessing to the lost secular world should come from obedience to His command (Matthew 28: 19-20) and with compassion for the lost. The proper focus will help you to overcome the fears of ridicule. Paul expresses both of these motivations throughout his trials. In obedience he declares himself free from their blood (Acts 20: 22-27). And out of compassion for the lost he warns them to take heed and beware (Acts 22: 27-31). As well, in this weeks Scripture he expresses concern for their blindness (Acts 26: 29).

I like this quote from Charles Spurgeon, It summarizes all the above and describes Paul's life example for us very well:

“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that. The saving of souls, if a man has once gained love to perishing sinners and his blessed master, will be an all-absorbing passion to him. It will so carry him away, that he will almost forget himself in the saving of others. He will be like the brave fireman, who cares not for the scorch or the heat, so that he may rescue the poor creature on whom true humanity has set its heart. If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned or unprayed for.”

Just some thoughts to share as I too prepare...



Anonymous said...

I need to correct a couple of mistakes from my previous post:

1) It is in the third section of the lesson, not the second, that Festus ridicules Paul.

2) It is in Acts 20, not Acts 22, that Paul warns them to take heed and beware (Acts 20: 27-31). This is immediately follwoing his declaration of being free from their blood (Acts 20: 22-27).

I apologize for any inconvenience...