“You Found God Where?” Acts 17:16-34 Sunday April 17, 2016


Acts 17:16-34

Our reading comes from the Acts of the Apostles. Listen for God’s word.

16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply distressed to see that the city

was full of idols. 17 So he argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and also

in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18 Also some Epicurean and

Stoic philosophers debated with him. Some said, “What does this babbler want to say?” Others

said, “He seems to be a pro-claimer of foreign divinities.” (This was because he was telling the

good news about Jesus and the resurrection.) 19 So they took him and brought him to the

Areopagus and asked him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 It

sounds rather strange to us, so we would like to know what it means.” 21 Now all the Athenians

and the foreigners living there would spend their time in nothing but telling or hearing something


22 Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely

religious you are in every way. 23 For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects

of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What

therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and

everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human

hands, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives

to all mortals life and breath and all things. 26 From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the

whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where

they would live, 27 so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find

him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. 28 For ‘In him we live and move and have

our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ 29 Since we

are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image

formed by the art and imagination of mortals. 30 While God has overlooked the times of human

ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on

which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of

this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

32 When they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some scoffed; but others said, “We will

hear you again about this.” 33 At that point Paul left them. 34 But some of them joined him and

became believers, including Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris, and others

with them.

Here ends our reading. May God bless our hearing and understanding.

You Found God Where?

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “You Found God Where?” Acts 17:16-34 Sunday April 17, 2016