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An Athenian gospel

Daniel Strange suggests that Paul's speech to the Areopagus (Acts 17) is bad news.

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This talk was filmed at a national consultation, entitled, 'A Faithful Gospel: How should we understand what the gospel is?'. It is the first in a series of five events taking place as part of the Evangelical Alliance's 'Confidence in the Gospel' initiative.

Download a synopsis of this video, along with questions for discussion

Discussion questions

For small groups

  1. When talking about the good news of Jesus, do we spend enough time introducing the bad news first?
  2. How should we go about talking about the bad news? What does a balanced approach look like?
  3. What are some of the misconceptions our friends, family and colleagues have about God? Why is it important that we address these when we are sharing the gospel?

For leadership teams

  1. What do we consider to be the main challenges to us as a Church in light of the issues raised in this talk?
  2. What does it mean to take into consideration the worldview of the seekers we encounter?
  3. What are three ways we need to improve when it comes to providing a fuller context for the gospel? ie. How do we need to commend as well as expound the gospel?