Extra Questions for Class Discussion on Acts 17

Read Acts 17:5-9, which explains why many of the Jews in Thessalonica rejected Jesus as the Messiah as well as Paul and his new converts to Christianity. The text also describes what they did in response to hearing the good news about Jesus the Messiah. In Acts 17:11, Luke wrote that the Bereans "were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica." You might ask your class why the Bereans were of more noble character. Could they have been of more noble character because, "they examined the Scriptures every day to see if [whatever they heard] was true? You might ask them to discuss how daily Bible reading can make a person become "of more noble character." You might discuss the importance of daily Bible study and reading as well as meeting with others who love to study the Bible. You might ask your class to discuss some of the consequences when people, religious groups, and nations turn their back on the Scriptures as the true standard of truth, of right behavior, and of what pleases God. You might discuss why it is so difficult to discuss or teach the Bible to those who are driven by their feelings to sin, false teachings, and the opinions of others, and what they can do when they meet such people (consider also what Paul had to do in the situation, why, and the result of what he did). When might it be time for them to follow the example of the Apostle Paul?

Acts 17:5-9

(Acts 17:5)  But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason's house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.

(Acts 17:6)  But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: "These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here,

(Acts 17:7)  and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar's decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus."

(Acts 17:8)  When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil.

(Acts 17:9)  Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go.

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