Dr. Mark Fairchild gives us his insight into Paul’s Ministry in Athens.
Corinth: Living in the Shadow of Athens
Athens: The Intellectual Capital of the Ancient World
Philosophy: Worldly Wisdom
Rhetoric: Persuasive Speech
Corinth: Strongly influenced by Athen’s Intellectual Heritage
Paul’s Ministry in Athens
Rhetoric Was the Game:
Acts 17:21 the Athenians used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.
Paul debated with the philosophers:
Acts 17:18 some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were conversing with him and some were saying ‘What would this idle babbler wish to say?’
What Can We Learn from This?
Be Aware of Persuasion and Manipulation
Look for the Traits of a True Spiritual Leader
Corinth: A Diverse Cosmopolitan City
A Seaport city with a broadly diverse population
Key Problem: Divisions within the church
***Cliques have emerged with their own Christian leaders & they have neglected fellowship with other Christian groups.
The Church Must Be United
1 Corinthians 12:13 by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.