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Worthy Is The Lamb Who Was Slain!

March 31, 2021

Leadership Notes

I love this passage. It's from Acts 17:29-32:

"Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is

like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of

man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all

people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will

judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of

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

Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But

others said, "We will hear you again about this.”

This is part of a sermon Paul preached to philosophy lovers on Mars Hill in Athens about 20 years after the death of Jesus. In this quoted section of the sermon, some of his listeners cut him off and mocked him because of the claim that Jesus was raised from the dead. The key point of all that is to understand that the amazing spread of Christianity in the early years did not happen in a gullible world that thought resurrections were normal.

1 Peter 1:3-5 says: