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Paul the Apostle

In verses 1-2, Paul provides evidence that he’s an apostle.

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Tact and Common Ground

In verses 22-31, Paul models tact within the context of debate.

He doesn’t chew out the Athenians for their many idols.  Rather, he begins his gospel explanation by finding common ground with them.

Many aren’t convinces and still think he’s crazy, but at least Paul is polite and able to engage some people in further discussions.

Conversion

In verses 23-31, Saul convinces a few Christians that be is sincere in his conversion.
Barnabas is particularly influential in this process.

Paul Meets Jesus

In verses 3-9, Paul meets Jesus.

From this time forward, Paul is faithful to Christ.

Paul’s Mission

In verses 1-2, we learn that Paul intends to persecute as many Christians as possible.

Pray At All Times

Wow. I wouldn’t have been praying with thanksgiving if I’d been thrown in a nasty dungeon.

What am I missing that Paul and Sials had?

Elders and Deacons

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Paul writes that people who desire to take leadership in the church have an admirable goal.

This reminds me of a conversation I had once with a friend. We discussed volunteering, and I asked why anyone would ever subject themselves to school board service. It’s stressful and unpaid.

He replied that his brother had been a school board president, and that the goal was to help the schools improve and provide a top-notch education.

I imagine that this should be the motivation of church elders and deacons, too.

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