If Jesus Is Enough, Why Are So Many Believers Unhappy?
16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.
- Passionate Concern Was The Response To Aimless/Purposeless/Living For Dead Things
17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. 18 A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. 19 Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.” 21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)
- Does Latest Mean Greatest?
- Social Media
- Bank account
- Call logs in case someone is cheating
- Latest look – fashion
- Calorie Counting=-body image issues
- Addicted to digital connection
- Information Is Not Enough
- The Information Edge
- Information Is Security
- Information Is Control
- Information Is Power
- Information Must Lead To Transformation
- Information Alone Is Not Capable Of Causing Spiritual Transformation
- We Must Interact With The Information
- Epicureans – all about this life, no after life
- Stoics – control your reactions, you reward is based on what you do
- We Must Include God In The Discussion
- Paul Is Arguing For A Single Solution
- The Quest Cannot Be For The Question
- The Quest Must Connect To A Conclusion, An Answer That Satisfies, A Truth That Transforms, An Anvil That Bears The Weight Of The Strongest Blows And The Most Stringent Analysis
- The Information Edge
22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. 24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.
- A Distinction With A Difference
- He acknowledged they were religious
- He acknowledged they were worshippers
- But there was an altar that alarmed Paul, “to the unknown God”
- It alarmed Paul and alerted Paul that these people may have missed something in the pursuit of purpose
- What Is The Inscription On Your Altar?
- Who’s Name Is On Your Altar?
- The altar of your app
- No Substitute Will Satisfy The Soul
26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.
- God’s Intentions Are Clear
- The you might seek
- That you might reach
- That you might find
- God Is Closer Than You Think
- If Jesus Is Enough, Why Are So Many Believers Unhappy?
- They have all of Jesus, but does Jesus have all of them
- Do we only love God when does what we want him to do?
- Or, Do we worship because He does what He wants to do and what he wants is what’s best?
- You were a sinner broken and undone just a second a go, now we presume that we know best for what the Architect of the universe should do?