READ: Acts 16:16-34
- As Paul listened to the call of the Holy Spirit, he changed directions and went to Troas where he experienced the call to come to Macedonia (northern Greece) (Acts 16:6-10). The first major city along the Egnatian Way was Philippi. Philippi was among the significant cities established by the Romans. One author says, “If a flea bit Rome, Philippi itched.” There, Paul encountered Lydia, a wealthy merchant who became a Christian and hosted Paul and his companions.
- This was the first known excursion of the gospel into Greece. It is highly likely that the name of Jesus is unknown there. That would be especially true for a Roman jailor living in the confines of the very prison he was employed to guard. His life depended upon the successful completion of his work—guarding prisoners. He would not get out much.
- When Paul and Silas are praying and singing, as Jewish Christians, it’s likely that the names Yahweh and Jesus would have been used. A Roman polytheist would have assumed these were names of some territorial gods the men in his prison trusted. But, it’s highly unlikely for him to have known who they were or anything about them. He remained uninformed of the gospel of Jesus, the story of death and resurrection, or the meaning of salvation/forgiveness.
- Who do you know that is equally uninformed about Jesus?
- Given our cultural changes, is it more or less likely that people will know something about Jesus?
- Do you think being uninformed about Jesus makes it easier or harder for people to hear the story of Jesus? Why?
PRAY: Thank God that you are not uninformed about Jesus. Pray that we are clear in our presentation of Jesus so the uninformed can gain clarity and understanding.