• Faith and Reason Devotional

    Acts 17:1-9

    When the Sadducees confronted Jesus with the doctrine of the resurrection (Matt. 22:23–33), our Lord answered them with an inductive argument (looking at the biblical text and drawing a logical conclusion based on the evidence). Logic is essential when we study Scripture, for irrational conclusions have produced many errors and most of the cults. Spend some time reviewing the elementary principles of logic so you can interpret the Bible correctly. View Resource

  • The Role Of Reason Devotional

    Acts 17:1-9

    Even our Savior used both induction and deduction in His ministry. For example, when arguing with the Sadducees about the resurrection (Matt. 22:23–33), He considered the evidence from the text inductively and then deduced a conclusion from it. To interpret Scripture correctly, we must use both induction and deduction, so it pays for us to have a basic understanding of how these analytical processes work. View Resource

  • Opposition at Thessalonica Devotional

    Acts 17:1-15

    The Jews opposed the early Christians for the same reason that Rome opposed the Reformers, and compromised liberals oppose uncompromising evangelicals today. The greatest enemies of the true church are always found within the church. Pray for strength in the face of all enemies of the Gospel. View Resource

  • Philosophy and Superstition Devotional

    Acts 17:16–21

    The idea of all the world being a part of God, or participating in deity, is common in New Age thinking. Perhaps this view is popular in the West because it is so democratic, all things sharing equally in divinity. Remember always the infinite gap between Creator and creation. Praise God as the single source of all being. View Resource

  • Justin Martyr Devotional

    Acts 17:16–33

    Because the church often lives just like those in the world, most of us today would not ask non-Christians to look to the behavior of professing Christians as proof for the gospel. Of course, the truth of the gospel depends on God’s trustworthiness, not the deeds of those who claim to follow Christ. Still, those outside the faith will ignore Christianity if we live no differently than the world; thus, we must work to fulfill the “law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). View Resource

  • Novelty in Preaching Devotional

    Acts 17:16–34

    So often we think it takes courage to say something new. In our day, however, the truly courageous stand for what is true, regardless of its age. May we have the courage to proclaim the old truths of God’s Word as the only answer to the problems of this new era. View Resource

  • Final Judgment Devotional

    Acts 17:22–34

    Religions created by mere men believe that we prepare for the final day of judgment by storing up good works, by doing the right things so that when we stand before the Creator, our eternal destiny is determined by our goodness. What they fail to see is that if any of us relies on our own deeds, our only destination will be eternal punishment. How, then, do we ready ourselves for the last day? We trust in Christ alone, the One in whose perfection we rest for the assurance of eternal life. View Resource

  • The Final Judgment Devotional

    Acts 17:22–34

    The assurance of the coming final judgment should motivate us to share the Gospel with our loved ones who do not know Christ. Friends and family who do not follow Jesus will suffer for eternity because their sins have not been forgiven. What are you doing to prepare for those opportunities to present the Gospel? Are you looking for chances to serve others for the sake of Christ? Are you training yourself to answer the questions and objections of non-believers? View Resource

  • Judgment Day in Athens Devotional

    Acts 17:22–34

    Paul asserts all kinds of common ground with the Greeks. Paul does not confuse common ground with neutral ground. At every point, the Greeks have misinterpreted this common ground because they suppress the truth. They must repent and change. Don’t compromise the truth, stand firm until the Judgment. View Resource

  • Paul at the Areopagus Devotional

    Acts 17:22–34

    Before we examine the beliefs of others we must first know the gospel, for only when we know the truth will we be able to recognize its counterfeit. Once we are firmly grounded in the gospel, we must then do what we can to understand the non-Christians around us that we might share what Scripture has to say about them. Do you know what your neighbors believe? Are you ready to answer their questions? Seek to equip yourself to defend and proclaim the faith. View Resource

  • Providential Governance Of Big Things Devotional

    Acts 17:26–27a

    Scripture frequently condemns empires for thinking that they come to power through their own efforts (Isa. 10:5–19). Nations do not rise and fall by their own design but succeed and fail only according to the Lord’s will. We should therefore not be afraid of what any nation or government may do to us. God is sovereign even over the greatest powers, and He will preserve His people no matter what happens to nations and empires. View Resource

  • God’s Incommunicable Attributes Devotional

    Acts 17:28

    God’s attribute of infinity greatly comforts us. Because He has no boundaries, there is no place where He is not. We can never get so far away from Him that He cannot help us, and He is always close at hand when we call upon His name. Nothing can surprise Him or keep Him from staying with us in every circumstance. Having no beginning or end, He cannot be defeated by anything, and we can put our lives in His hand with full confidence. View Resource