Discussion Question for Teachers on Acts 17 & 18

In last week’s lesson, we learned that Paul “reasoned with them from the Scriptures” (Acts 17:2). In this week’s lesson we see once again that Paul “reasoned in the synagogue” and he “reasoned with the Jews” (Acts 18:4 and Acts 18:19). 

From watching the news and observing the actions and statements of various people and groups, it sometimes appears that many have never learned how to reason or they have set aside their reason in certain areas, as their behavior demonstrates. 

Perhaps as teachers we need to teach our students “how to reason” and “how to reason from the Scriptures.” They may never learn how to reason elsewhere. Can you share some of the ways you think we can begin to teach our students how to reason in our classes? Or, can you share some experiences that illustrate what we should do to encourage reasoning or avoid doing that shuts down a student’s efforts to reason or reason from the Scriptures? I think these questions about the use of reason and how the use of reason has an effect on behavior are of vital importance today, especially for Christians.

You might ask your class to discuss this issue and then report to the Forum some of their ideas.

L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.

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