Paul’s Speech to the Areopagus laid out in Propositions
So Paul standing before the council,
addressed them as follows:
“Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way,
for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines
one of your altars had this inscription on it:
‘To an Unknown God.’
whom you worship without knowing,
is the one I’m telling you about.
“He is the God
who made the world and everything in it.
Since he is Lord of heaven and earth,
he doesn’t live in man-made temples,
and human hands can’t serve his needs
for he has no needs.
He himself gives life and breath to everything,
and he satisfies every need.
From one man he created
all the nations throughout the whole earth.
He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall,
and he determined their boundaries.
His purpose was for the nations to seek after God
and perhaps feel their way toward him
and find him
though he is not far from any one of us.
For in him we live and move and exist.
As some of your own poets have said,
‘We are his offspring.’
And since this is true,
we shouldn’t think of God
as an idol
designed by craftsmen
from gold or silver or stone.
“God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things
in earlier times,
he commands everyone
to repent of their sins
and turn to him.
For he has set a day
for judging the world
by the man he has appointed,
and he proved to everyone
who this is
by raising him from the dead.”
I have laid Paul’s speech out in propositions, using a technique called Propositional Analysis. I first used this in the Bible Gems when I was analysing Paul’s One Greek Sentence Prayer (Ephesians 1:3-14)
In true Deeper Bible fashion just keep reading the speech over and over seeking to layer it for yourself to see how the parts of what Paul is saying all flow together. I will explain as we go through the speech.
In the same way a small child can’t draw a bad picture so a child of God cannot offer a bad prayer.Richard Foster
Believe you can and you’re halfway there.Anon
It takes courage not to be discouraged. (The Jewish Holocaust survivor who led the Nuremberg Trials)Benjamin Ferencz
Keep it honest, keep it simple and keep it up.Phillip Yancey
Learn to walk in sync with Jesus, where your heart beat matches His.Ian Vail