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Sermon Outline - Paul at Athens, Acts ch.17 vv.30-31

Date04/04/2004
Time18:30
PreacherRev. Maurice Roberts, Inverness
Sermon TitlePaul at Athens
TextActs ch.17 vv.30-31
Sermon ID814

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Introduction

  1. Paul at Athens.
  2. The proud spirit in Athens.
  3. Paul's sermon here in the open air.
    OBSERVE: We need to get the gospel to sinners.
  1. GOD WINKING AT MAN'S IGNORANCE

    1. How this ignorance is shown:
      • the altar seen by Paul: v.23
      • the ignorance of God's nature: v.24f
      • the corruptions in God's worship: v.29
      OBSERVE: Sin makes men ignorant.
    2. How God winked at this ignorance:
      • NOT by treating it lightly
      • NOT by pardoning those who did it
      • BUT by passing them by
    3. In OT we Gentiles had no favour but were REPROBATED (Explain). A fearful judgement.
  2. GOD COMMANDING MAN TO REPENT

    1. In NT God no longer reprobates the world:
      • He sends them the Bible
      • He gives them preachers
      • He sets His church among them
    2. "But now" - "commands" - "all men everywhere".
      OBSERVE: "catholic" - what it means.
    3. REPENT
      1. turn from all sin
      2. turn to all obedience
      3. especially to believe in Christ
      4. and to worship God aright
      APPLICATION: Have you truly repented?
  3. GOD HAS APPOINTED A JUDGEMENT DAY

    1. God has appointed a Judgement Day:
      • to deal with sin + sinners at last
      • the fact is known; the date is secret
    2. The Judge is Christ
      • Christ, a most perfect Judge. Why?
      • This is bad news for unbelievers.
    3. The basis of this Judgement
      • "in righteousness". What this means.
      • The place of the Bible + Moral Law.
      • How sinners may be reckoned "not guilty".
    4. The outcome of this Judgement
      • eternal sentence + not just temporal.
      APPLICATION: The importance of reckoning on this fact.
  4. GOD HAS ASSURED US OF THIS JUDGEMENT

    1. The Q. arises: How do we know all this?
      The A. is: Christ is risen.
    2. Christ's resurrection is our evidence:
      1. that believers are forgiven
      2. that believers shall rise in glory
      3. that there is a judgement to come
    3. Scoffing at these things is folly: v.32
    4. The resurrection of Christ is a fact which we must affirm even if some scoff at it.
      ILLUSTRATION: Children playing on a railway line.

CONCLUSION

We must "all everywhere" repent.

Illustration: A child playing near a Dutch windmill.


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