There are many life applications and lessons to be found in the Book of Acts. Let’s take a look at some of these lessons, and see how we can apply them to our lives.
In this week’s verses, we get to see the apostle Paul sharing the Good News throughout the Province of Asia and parts of Europe. This was a new teaching for many of the Jews as well as the Gentiles. Because of the way Paul presented the Gospel message, many people believed, and the early Church continued to grow.
We can learn a lot from the way Paul presented these new teachings and treated all human beings. Let’s look at some of the life applications and lessons in this week’s Bible study in the Book of Acts and try to apply them to our lives.
Life Applications and Lessons – Acts
“…’People of Athens! I see that you are extremely religious in every respect. For as I was passing through and observing the objects of your worship, I even found an altar on which was inscribed, “To an Unknown God.” Therefore, what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.'” Acts 17:22-23
- Acts 17:16-17, 20 – The city was full of idols and foreign gods, so Paul reasoned in the Jewish synagogue as well as in the market place. He spoke to Jews as well as some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers.
- Paul saw a need and did something about it. He found common ground and met them where they were. He didn’t try to hit them over the head with the Gospel, but he presented it in a way that made them curious and wanting to hear more.
- When we are sharing new ideas, whether that be in sharing the Good News, presenting a business plan, or just sharing new ideas in general, we need to present them in the same manner:
- Find a need.
- Look for common ground.
- Meet them where they are.
- Don’t be forceful.
- Present it in a way in which they are curious to hear more.
“Because what you say sounds strange to us, and we want to know what these things mean.” Acts 17:20
- Acts 17:32-34
- When you share the Gospel, some may
- Ridicule you
- Ask for more information
- Believe and be saved.
- Just because some ridicule you, don’t let them keep you from sharing with others.
- This is true in other aspects of life as well. I can especially see this in a business that deals with sales. Don’t let the negative responses keep you from the positive ones.
- When you share the Gospel, some may
Lessons in Dealing With People
These ideas and ways of dealing with people are not new things. They are very common, but they are also easy to forget in the moment.
- Acts 18:19-20
- Paul must have debated in a way that showed love, concern, and made them think about what he was saying. Otherwise, they probably wouldn’t have wanted him to stay longer.
- Don’t try to beat someone over the head to get your point across. Make sure they see you care, or they will get defensive and shut down.
You have all heard the saying, “People don’t care what you know until they know how much you care!”
- Acts 18:26
- They didn’t correct him publicly or make him feel stupid. They pulled him aside and explained it to him in a friendly manner, and the result was that he turned out to be a great asset to them in spreading the Gospel.
- Always make corrections privately when dealing with people, and do it in a way that doesn’t make them feel dumb or defensive.
- Acts 19:9
- While Paul was teaching in the Jewish synagogue, he could see that the philosophical debates were getting out of hand and doing more harm for the Cause than good, so he walked away.
- There are times that you may have to walk away from a situation, even though you are right. Take the high road and walk away instead of letting the situation cause more harm than good.
Life Applications in Bible Study
Please join us as we read the Word each week and share your insights on these scriptures as well. Next week, continue reading the Book of Acts, and we will see what other life applications the Lord has for us.
Life Application Resources
If you have joined me recently, these daily life applications from the Bible are examples of some of the comments I am writing in the Bibles I am giving to my grandchildren when they graduate from high school. Click here to see the post where I explain this eternal gift idea. I want to give them all the resources I can to use in today’s world!
The rose colored Bible is the one I am using for my youngest granddaughter, and I really love it! The brown study Bible is the one Jay uses for his personal Bible study.
Many of the lessons we learn from the apostle Paul are basic ways of dealing with people. Let’s follow Paul’s example and take these to heart. Let’s show people that we care as we share our thoughts and opinions in life.
I hope these life applications and lessons will help you in some aspect of life. Please share any encouragement and lessons you have learned this week as you read the Word of God. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Until next week…
“From one Man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live.” Acts 17:26