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Session 17

The secret to Paul’s confidence

Read: Acts 17

Paul travels to Thessalonica, Berea, and Athens to share the good news about Jesus. In Athens, he gets the opportunity to talk to the nation’s top thinkers about Christianity.

Paul stood before a group of leaders and boldly proclaimed the truth. How awesome is it that Paul’s words exude confidence, not insecurity?

Paul was able to speak with authority because he knew Jesus intimately. Paul had spent time studying God’s word and committing it to memory. In Paul’s speech, he quotes from Isaiah and Deuteronomy. His confidence came from the knowledge of God’s Word he received by spending time in the Bible.

When Jesus changed Paul’s heart, Paul experienced an extreme spiritual transformation. We grow in our relationship with God by spending time with Him each day, reading the Bible and talking to Him in prayer.

Maybe you’ve made a decision to follow Jesus, but you don't feel as close to God as you have in the past. Remember, feelings are not facts. Acts 17:27 says God is not far from any of us. That is great news!

Reflect:

  • What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
  • What about your life has changed since coming to know Jesus?
  • How has time with God contributed to that change?

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Waiting for God to move

Waiting for God to move

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2

What is holding you back?

What is holding you back?

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3

What is ugly is made beautiful

What is ugly is made beautiful

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4

If you’re in over your head, you’re in good company

If you’re in over your head, you’re in good company

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5

Get out of your comfort zone

Get out of your comfort zone

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6

Are you willing to make a change?

Are you willing to make a change?

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7

What a full life really looks like

What a full life really looks like

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8

Are you ready to go?

Are you ready to go?

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9

You are not who you used to be

You are not who you used to be

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10

The No. 1 excuse we make to avoid change

The No. 1 excuse we make to avoid change

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11

No one is too far gone

No one is too far gone

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12

Every escape starts with one step

Every escape starts with one step

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13

The effect prayer has on your life

The effect prayer has on your life

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14

Do people think you’re crazy?

Do people think you’re crazy?

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15

Why division in the church is dangerous

Why division in the church is dangerous

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16

Are you willing to do whatever it takes?

Are you willing to do whatever it takes?

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17

The secret to Paul’s confidence

The secret to Paul’s confidence

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18

Do you really want to know God’s will?

Do you really want to know God’s will?

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19

Does materialism have a hold on your life?

Does materialism have a hold on your life?

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20

You can’t push God’s love away

You can’t push God’s love away

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21

What it means to be committed

What it means to be committed

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22

Your story is more powerful than you think

Your story is more powerful than you think

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23

What are you doing, God?

What are you doing, God?

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24

God cares more about your growth than your comfort

God cares more about your growth than your comfort

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25

Is passion driving your actions?

Is passion driving your actions?

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26

Who is the hero of your story?

Who is the hero of your story?

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27

What would you sacrifice for someone else’s freedom?

What would you sacrifice for someone else’s freedom?

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28

Are you willing to say yes to God?

Are you willing to say yes to God?

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