Here is the curriculum for the week of February 9. Our topic is “You and Your City: Motivation” and our text is Acts 17:16-34.
- Sermon Notes & Discussion Guide for FFC Ankeny (.pdf)
- Sermon Notes & Discussion Guide for FFC Bondurant (.pdf)
- Lighthouse Leader Study Guide (.pdf)
- Remind your Lighthouse members that each week’s Lighthouse discussion is based in the same text as the weekly message. It is important to listen to each week’s message (they are available online if needed), and to take good notes.
- Registration continues for our Marriage Retreat at Honey Creek Resort, February 28-March 1. Our guest speakers this year are Paul & Jenny Sabino. Full details plus registration are available online at http://www.ffclife.com/marriage2014/
Overview of this Lesson:
This week’s lesson is Paul’s famous speech on Mars Hill in Athens, Greece from Acts 17:16-34. This week also begins a mini-series we are calling “You and Your City.”
The focus of this mini-series is the last part of Paul’s Second Missionary Journey in which he focuses on the key cities of Athens, Corinth, and Ephesus. In looking at these cities, we see that each one offers a unique insight into man’s battle with sin and the strong holds that all of us must face. These strong holds include:
- Athens = a stronghold of intellectualism.
- Corinth = a stronghold of immorality.
- Ephesus = a stronghold of industry.
To make a modern-day comparison to these three cities, we find within the United States similar examples:
- Cambridge, Massachusetts would be similar to Athens. Like Athens, Cambridge is not a significant population center, but as home to Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge is the jewel of America’s intellectual elite.
- Los Angeles, CA would be similar to Corinth. Like Corinth, Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world, and, unfortunately, entertainment in modern America is a leading source of immorality. When Paul would later address two letters to the Corinthians, worldliness and immorality were common themes.
- New York City would be similar to Ephesus. Like Ephesus, New York is one of the leading economic centers in the world today. It should be no surprise that in Ephesus, the people suffered with the problems of abundance and the enticements of a robust economy.
As we study Paul’s missions efforts in Athens this week, we see him speaking before the Areopagus, the judicial supreme court. In fact, the supreme court in Greece today is still called the Areopagus. The word areopagus is the Romanized word for “Mars Hill,” the place of Paul’s speech.
There are two objectives to this lesson:
- To understand what it means to be jealous for God’s glory. This was the primary motivation for Paul’s speech.
- To understand the unique skills and abilities each of us have to serve as effective witnesses for the Kingdom of God within our circle of influence.
Sermon in a Sentence
What should drive us to reach out to the lost world around us? Primarily, it is God’s Glory; secondarily it is man’s need.
Here are some upcoming dates that may affect Lighthouses this semester. Keep these on your radar.
- Truth Remains Exhibit—Feb. 8 & 9
- Congregational Meeting—Feb. 16
- Marriage Retreat—Feb. 28 & March 1
- Time Change Sunday (Spring Forward)—March 9
- Spring Break—March 17-21
- Easter Experience—April 13-20
- Easter Holiday (Church Offices Closed)—April 21
- Mother’s Day—May 11
- Graduation Sunday—May 18
- Spring Lighthouse Season Ends—May 23
- Labor Day Holiday (Church Offices Closed)—May 26